Davis Running For Mayor Of Brookhaven
The election will be won in Brookhaven's living rooms and front doors, he tells Patch.
After leading the organization that spearheaded Brookhaven's incorporation, J. Max Davis is running to become the city's first mayor.
"I truly hadn't seriously considered running until after the cityhood vote, and after talking it over with my wife," Davis told Patch. "My family and I took a short vacation after the vote, and the question came up again. After discussing it and making sure we were all on board 110 percent, I decided to run."
Qualifying for Brookhaven's first municipal election begins next week. The election itself will be held on Nov. 6.
"I've had many people ask whether I was going to run for mayor, but it was improper to address the issue during the cityhood campaign," Davis said. "The cityhood vote wasn't a foregone conclusion; neither was the notion of me running for mayor. Simply because I was out in front, didn't mean I was going to run for office.
"I can't do anything about the folks who are suspcious about everything," he said. "The fact that we were able to win by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent shows we were focusing on cityhood, not on campaigning for political office."
With a cityhood referendum that passed by only 1,011 votes, Davis expects "a spirited campaign.
"I'm not going to run a dirty campaign," he said. "I will work hard, and it's going to be tough. The battle will be in the living rooms and in the front doors of people in the city. But our citizens will reject any kind of dirty campaign.
"We are divided in a way, but on the other hand, we are somewhat united because we've had numerous people who were opposed to cityhood come on board, now that we actually have this municipality," he said. "That also encouraged me to run."
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