Brookhaven Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Brookhaven, Chamblee and DeKalb County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Brookhaven Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
Brookhaven Incorporation: The hottest issue in the July 31 election. This vote has seemingly divided neighborhoods throughout the boundaries of what would become DeKalb County's largest city (pop: 50,000) if passed. No other media outlet is covering this issue as thoroughly as Brookhaven Patch.
Chamblee Annexation: This could alter the future of Chamblee forever. If passed in November, Chamblee would add areas of Chamblee Tucker Road to I-85 and portion of the Clairmont Road corridor, including Plaza Fiesta; the southern portion of Airport Road.
State House District 81: Formerly held by Democrat Elena Parent, the district was combined with state Rep. Scott Holcomb's district to the east. Parent has declined to run for re-election, leaving her fellow Democrat as the incumbent. Two Republicans are vying for the right to face Holcomb in November, and the July 31 GOP primary between Carla Roberts and Chris Boedecker has already become controversial.
T-SPLOST: While there are only a couple of projects in Brookhaven and Chamblee that would be funded, this July 31 vote will give voters in 10 metro counties a chance to approve or reject $8.5 billion in transportation improvements through a one-percent sales tax.
President Barack Obama and GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: DeKalb is heavily Democratic; Obama carried the county in 2008 by almost 190,000 votes. However, Brookhaven and Chamblee have been level battlegrounds between Republicans and Democrats for several years. Despite Newt Gingrich's Georgia advantage, Romney carried DeKalb by more than 1,200 votes in the GOP presidential preference primary.