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Mayor - Edward "Ted" Terry

Mayor headshot 6 12 17Year Elected: 2013

Tallahassee, FL
Years resided in Clarkston: 4 years (DeKalb County for 10 years)

Profession: Non-Profit Development Consultant 

 Contact Information
City of Clarkston
1055 Rowland St
Clarkston, GA 30021
Ted Terry currently serves as the Mayor of Clarkston, Georgia, the most ethnically diverse square mile in America. Ted is the youngest Mayor in Clarkston's 135-year history. With more than 17 years of experience in public service, Ted is leading Clarkston's vision to become a more welcoming and compassionate community. 
As Mayor, Ted has supported initiatives aimed at empowering resident involvement and cross-sector collaboration, including the launch of an education task force aimed at working with the Dekalb County Board of Education to create innovative ideas and policy solutions for the Clarkston cluster of schools. Under Ted's leadership, Clarkston has become the first city in Georgia to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr for city employees, make Election Day a holiday, and decriminalize simple marijuana possession. Ted also helped enact the strictest indoor smoking ordinance in the state, a public health measure to reduce second-hand smoke related illness in Clarkston. He is currently working on innovative new models around civilian led policing, tiny house developments and micro-farming, as well as committing Clarkston to a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. 
In addition to his leadership as Mayor of Clarkston, Ted currently serves as the State Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, is a member of the Dekalb County Board of Health, and serves on the advisory board for the Global Village Project, a special purpose middle school for refugee girls who have experienced interruptions and gaps in their formal education. 
Earlier in his career, Ted worked as a consultant for a wide array of nonprofits, state representatives, state senators, mayors, county commissioners, school board members and a U.S. Congressman. During his time as a consultant, Ted helped raise millions of dollars for campaigns and causes with a focus on uniting individuals and businesses behind a common goal of creating a better society. 
Goals for Clarkston: Clarkston is a city like none other. We boast an amazing array of diverse cultures, businesses and people. We're a neighborly city, we know that by working together we can create the best community possible.
Together, with your support we'll build a Clarkston that is safer, greener and more prosperous. We'll create a community that celebrates our youth, opening doors for their futures. And together, we'll create a Clarkston that our residents will be proud to call home.
Personal Motto: You can't change the world, if you can't change yourself
Favorite Quote: 
 "So, never be afraid. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed. If you … will do this … you will change the earth."
— William Faulkner
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Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry, Councilmember Awet Eyasu and City Manager Keith Barker meet, at Refuge Coffee Truck in downtown Clarkston, with an International delegation from 7 European countries to discuss refugee resettlement issues and build diplomatic ties between each of our communities.

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 Mayor Ted, Congressman Hank Johnson, and Commissioner Mereda Johnson welcome
Syrian Refugees to the Clarkston Community Center.


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Mayor Ted Terry is sworn in for his second term at the January 3, 2018 Council Meeting.
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  Mayor Ted joins Clarkston's finest for a midnight shift ride along.
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Mayor Ted and volunteers, with the Clarkston Community Center, pick up litter for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

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Mayor Ted Terry   joined 2,000+ supporters of the Center for Pan Asians Community Service (CPACS) for the 10th annual TEA Walk. A walk to bring communities together, empowering each other to make a difference for all Georgians


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 wedkendrick-X2 4 Mayor Terry meets with State Rep (District 93) Dar'shun Kendrick 
 willow ridge donate  Mayor Terry participates in a clothes and appliance donation day at the Willow Ridge Apt Complex.  The donations benefitted new Americans and other residents of this community by providing much needed winter clothes, baby care items, and kitchen appliances.
 CCC garden area mlk day 2014 Mayor Terry, Councilmember Dean Moore and Clarkston citizens participated in the 2014 MLK Work Day at the Clarkston Community Center.


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