'The Mayor Of Brookhaven' Answers Five Questions From Patch
Ashford Park civic leader and businessman Ronnie Mayer talks about his political future and why he hopes Brookhaven never becomes like Chamblee.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more recognizable figure in Brookhaven than Ronnie Mayer. President of the Ashford Park Civic Association, business owner, community volunteer and civic leader, Mayer is known in some circles as the “mayor of Brookhaven.” But could that title become official, should Brookhaven vote to incorporate at the end of this month?
Now, Five Questions With Ronnie Mayer.
If Brookhaven votes to become a city, will you run for office?
Mayer: Yes. I will run for something. It really is up to [Ashford Park Civic Association Vice Chair] Jim Eyre; he’s been told by dozens of people that he should run for mayor.
What would you do if Jim runs for mayor?
If he runs for mayor, I’ll support him. I’ll be his machine because he and I work well together as a team.
And what office would you seek?
Mayer: If he runs for mayor, I’ll run for the city council seat. If he wants to run for the council seat, I’ll support him. But Jim won’t sit there and watch the world pass him by. He’s going to be involved.
There will be a lot of mistakes made for the first few years, and no one wants to see the city screwed up before we really get underway.
BrookhavenYES chairman J. Max Davis is often rumored to be a candidate for mayor. What's your opinion?
Mayer: If J. Max wants to be man, let him be the man. He wants to be mayor so badly he can taste it. So if he wants to get in there, let him get beat up for a while. But he better be a tough cookie because he's going to be the whipping boy.
And If J. Max and his people try to pull a power play on the city, they will realize there is a lot more power at this end of the city than they realize. At all of these BrookhavenYES meetings that are being held, it seems that J. Max is such good friends with [Chamblee Mayor] Eric Clarkson. But if we run Brookhaven the way Chamblee is run, I will sell every piece of property I own in Ashford Park and move.
Why do you say that?
Chamblee is run like the Gestapo ... just incredibly stupidly.
For 10 years our group of volunteers fed the officers at the city’s annual 4th of July event. About three years ago the mayor stopped our efforts because of some political boondoggle over some liability issues. Now the city pays a vendor to feed its officers at the event, and run golf carts to transport older folks and the like to and from their cars, at a cost of hundreds of dollars, a task that volunteers used to undertake.
I hope the city of Brookhaven never becomes what Chamblee has become.