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Bare Knuckle Political Brawling Comes To District 2 Council Race

The latest brouhaha surrounds whether Jim Eyre called Brookhaven a "cancer," right here on Brookhaven Patch.


Brookhaven’s District 2 city council race has gotten especially nasty over the final few days of campaigning.

At issue over the past week is a flier recently sent to voters implying that candidate Jim Eyre called Brookhaven a “cancer.” The mailer came from . 

Eyre said the mailer takes comments he made in a March 30, 2011, Patch article entitled “Brookhaven Cityhood: The Answer Or Band-Aid?”, out of context.

Eyre’s quote from Patch opinion article reads, “Realizing this it becomes glaringly obvious that the idea of cityhood, while appealing, is only a band-aid cure on a cancer that will continue to eat away at our wallets.”

Eyre concluded the article with, “Unless we can force substantive changes in how DeKalb County spends our tax dollars, we will never realize the tax savings [state] Rep. [Mike] Jacobs so gleefully dangled in front of us as an underlying incentive for his city movement”.

Eyre is accusing another candidate, Russell Mitchell, of playing a role in the mailer. He said Mitchell’s former employer, Florida-based , is a major donor for Start Brookhaven Right, which mailed the flier to voters.

Calvin, Giordano & Associates provides municipal services to cities and currently manages the city of Dunwoody's financial and administrative operations through an outsourced contract.

“I believe accepting pay to play in any form is the most egregious mistake an elected official can make and there will be no place for such activities in Brookhaven,” said Eyre.

Another candidate, Larry Hurst, is also seeking the District 2 seat.

Over the past year, Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc., has donated $10,000 to BrookhavenYES; $2,500 to Start Brookhaven Right, Inc; and $2,500 to Mitchell’s campaign, according to the Georgia Government Transparancy and Campaign Finance Commission.

Mitchell was also a board member for BrookhavenYES.

“This is a ridiculous conspiracy theory from a desperate candidate," said Mitchell. “I have absolutely nothing to do with the Start Brookhaven Right group. The first I heard of them is when I got mail from them."

"As far as the contribution from my former employer is concerned, Jim Eyre knows that it is perfectly legal to accept corporate contributions and the voters of district 2 should be proud that my former employer thought enough of my work to believe in my campaign."

Mitchell also said Eyre’s financial disclosure “is filled with DeKalb County vendors and companies that currently do business with the county and surrounding cities.

“Furthermore, his campaign is plagued with contributions from zoning attorneys and politicians. The last few days of this campaign seem to be focused on who is funding who's campaign. I am confident that voters will be much more comfortable with my supporters and contributors than his."

Related Items:

Brookhaven Residents Create 'Start Brookhaven Right' Committee.

Brookhaven Cityhood: The Answer Or A Band-Aid?

"The Brookhaven Name Resonates With Everyone."

Your Complete Brookhaven And Chamblee Elections Guide.

Eddie E. November 02, 2012 at 09:31 PM
residue, Oversleep this afternoon?
Jack of Kings November 02, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Wow-- like saying Jim Eyre has not misrepresented himself at Dekalb when stopping three (3) neighbors from installing a pool in their yards--but leading Dekalb to believe he was representing the Ashford Park Association. Wonder if he will represent Brookhaven as a Council Member--or his own personal opinions? Hmmmmm........... All this talk is like saying Jim is easy to work with. LOL. I pity the other three Council members who will find out quickly how difficult he will be. Jim wants to see Sandy Murray get elected (which says alot in and of itself), but it brings up the question that Mr. Eyre has made no secret that he detests another Mayoral candidate--who just may win. Nice start.....
Booyah November 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The Movers & Shakers of Brookhaven have aligned to support Zanny Murray: Cousins = $4,500, Imlay = $4,500 and the Wannabees Ehlert, Cobb, Benton. Is the Capital City Club looking to expand and in need of a friend to help with zoning? Zanny has beaten J Max and his measly $500 contribution from a four small companies. Zanny = bought and paid for by Brookhaven elite.
Eddie E. November 02, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Could you put that into cogent English so it is more easily discredited. Or is it too late on Friday afternoon to expect cogency?
Eddie E. November 02, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Dude, You are way to attached to the mythic pool aren't you.
Jack of Kings November 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM
When did Murray get those contributions, A Resident? I checked last week and did not see the Cousins and Imlay ones. That is curious. What would those two contributors possibly want to PAY to PLAY for? Sounds corrupt to me. I mean, Cousins could be looking for approval for another development in the Brookhaven footprint--or wants to grease the wheels for any problems with the new City and their already build developments. Could you provide a link to that info, A Resident? Tia
Tim Darnell (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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Booyah November 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Ethics Commission http://media.ethics.ga.gov/search/Campaign/Campaign_Name.aspx?NameID=18041&FilerID=C2012002394&Type=candidate
hmm November 02, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Wow, talk about calling the kettle black. Does Sandy have no Shame?
hmm November 02, 2012 at 10:41 PM
With that money Sandy Murray can probably buy a better No City sign. Preferably made out of something other than black garbage bags. http://brookhaven.patch.com/articles/some-candidates-are-descendents-of-no-city-brookhaven#comments
Kathie " SOC" Coy November 02, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Tim, where have YOU been all week? lol You need a maid, because you have LOTS of housekeeping to do!!
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite November 03, 2012 at 12:03 AM
And just what are you attached to Edvard? Smoky cigar butts!
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite November 03, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Could you take off your "dunce" hat Edvard and start thinking for the first time in your life. The elite are financing her campaign! I believe we all know what she's made of... Political puppetry!
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite November 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM
That's for sure Ms. Coy... He catches very few... Wonder why? And please don't use the line that he has limited time to do so... Because many complain and bring them forward but nothing is done in many instances!
Kathie " SOC" Coy November 03, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I don't so much blame Tim as I do the high ups who keep snatching our editors out from under us every three months. Where are our hall monitors when we need them?
Eddie E. November 03, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Fuzzy Mae, Where do you dredge up this nonsense?
Eddie E. November 03, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Fuzzy Mae, At least your disjoint flights of fantasy provide a good laugh now and then. Avoidance of 'puppetry' is the only reason I remain involved.
Eddie E. November 03, 2012 at 01:32 AM
ferdie, When you have nothing, you still persist. This is more than a little sad, don't you think?
Eddie E. November 03, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Fuzzy Mae, Of course, this would be much easier if the ADULTS in our tawdry little burg would just USE THEIR OWN NAMES unless their cowardice prevents them from speaking publicly.
Eddie E. November 03, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I am still waiting on them to provide me with the contact information for 'just wondering', so I can sue him/her/it.
Booyah November 03, 2012 at 03:01 AM
What a piece of work. Zanny gets her money from the elite of Brookhaven and Jim Eyer gets his money from real estate attorneys and agents. "Pay for access" or something more sinister. Tom & Ann Cousins and John & Mary Ellen Imlay should be embarrassed that there money is being used to buy such sleazy campaign material. Did Jody Cobb and Carolyn Benton design the material, there contributions were 'in kind'. Maybe J Max should take Politic 101, he only received $500 per contribution Zanny got $5,000 per family.
Brookhaven Maven November 03, 2012 at 03:21 AM
If this first election is any indication of the way the new city is going to run, then we are all in deep s**t. This kind of negative campaigning ranks right up there with Elaine Boyer and Vernon Jones. How can anyone honestly say becoming a city does not give us another layer of government? If it doesn't, then why in the world are we being subjected to all this? -- The Maven
Brookhaven Maven November 03, 2012 at 03:34 AM
To A Residue @ 5:16pm -- You are right to question Ms. Murray's claims about her business experience. I have previously addressed this in another thread on this forum. See my remarks at the bottom of this post. In addition to that earlier response, you may also find the information at the following web sites to be interesting: http://www.yatedo.com/p/Sandy+Murray/normal/458eaa8c8aab1138280ad2afefe60e22 http://twitter.com/slm3212 -- The Maven (Original comment below.) 8:49 pm on Saturday, October 6, 2012 To Maggie Anderson @ 12:54, Lucie KS @ 4:03 and others --- Regarding Sandy Murray and her business experience: Briefly being a franchisee for a kids' art instruction company called Abrakadoodle does not qualify Ms. Murray to run a (potentially) 30 million dollar city. Being an owner of a computer instruction company (Computer Essentials / Business Computer Essentials) in the early 1980's certainly doesn't add much to her track record. Being a Kaplan SAT tutor certainly doesn't do much for her skillset to be the first mayor of the city. We deserve better! -- The Maven
John Q Public November 03, 2012 at 10:50 AM
And how did you vote on the cityhood referendum?
Booyah November 03, 2012 at 01:47 PM
As with so much of her materiel, Zanny Murray fabricates statements. She may have been a small business owner, but there is no proof it was successful. Zanny also states she is the 'only' small business owner. It seems to me that J Max Davis has a law firm with employees and is currently in business. Maybe a small item, but Zanny's strategy seems to be 'ignore the facts and say anything over and over again"
Eddie E. November 03, 2012 at 02:46 PM
residue, Keep beating that drum. You don't seem to be aware of the hollow sound that emanates.
Eddie E. November 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Did the trollmasters give you an extra nickel for every time you stuffed 'zanny' into an otherwise pointless sentence?
Eddie E. November 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
One would hope he/she voted AGAINST it. Like Citizens in Districts 2,3 and 4.
Justin Turner November 06, 2012 at 06:41 PM
As an outside observer... it is hilarious to see that the "Start Brookhaven Right" folks can't even interpret Mr. Eyre's metaphor "right"! It should clear to anyone who has taken high school english that "Brookhaven Cityhood" is the "Bandaid"... over the "cancer" that is Dekalb County government mismanagement. Yes this is obvious, which leads me to my point... whoever is behind this group is obviously not that intelligent, or is simply dishonest (No surpise given the former "brookhaven yessers" in the group). Therefore, I would suggest to those who get to vote, to cast their vote for whomever is not this group's preferred candidate.
Eddie E. November 06, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Follow that simple rule for all 'former yesser' candidates.

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