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Brookhaven's First Elections Draw Hordes Of Contenders

Crowded fields of candidates mean runoffs are likely in every race after Nov. 6.


Brookhaven's timeframe to get a city up and running between Nov. 6 and Dec. 17 got a whole lot tighter this week.

A total of 26 people for Brookhaven's first-ever city elections to be held on Nov. 6, with each race fielding at least three candidates.

Brookhaven's charter stipulates that candidates must receive 50-plus-one-percent of the vote to win a contest without a runoff. But crowded fields in the mayor's race and all four city council seats make runoffs more likely. 

Runoffs are scheduled for Dec. 4, and Brookhaven becomes a functioning city at 12:01 am on Dec. 17. The mayor and city council, after they are elected, will have 12 days or less to make such decisions as hiring a police chief, city attorney and other critical personnel; finalizing a location for city hall; and deciding which firms will be awarded contracts for city services, among other items.

Any day now, Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to announce the members of the , a five-person committee . But the mayor and city council will have to finalize those decisions.

Three candidates qualified for the mayor's race on Wednesday: , Larry Danese and Thom Shepard. They join , who was Brookhaven's first announced candidate, in the race.

District 3 is the most crowded race, with nine candidates. Next is District 1, with six candidates, followed by District 4 with four candidates, and District 2, with three candidates.

Final List Of Candidates:

Mayor of Brookhaven (term ends 2015): Larry Danese, J. Max Davis, Sandy Murray, Thom Shepard

City Council, District 1 (term ends 2015): J.D. Clockadale, Alan Cole, Michelle Conlon, Kevin D. Fitzpatrick, Jr.,  Kevin Meaders, Rebecca Chase Williams

City Council, District 2 (term ends 2013): Jim Eyre, Larry Hurst, Russell Mitchell

City Council, District 3 (term ends 2015): Deborah Anthony, Hope Bawcom, Bates Mattison, Bridget O'Donnell, Ben Podgor, Kevin Quirk, Julia Russo, Gaye L. Stathis, Erik Steavens

City Council, District 4 (term ends 2013): Joe Gebbia, Karen Lord, Francis R. Reedy, Kerry Witt

Eddie E. August 17, 2012 at 03:41 AM
don G, See the 'NoCity' Contributors List (I'm sure the yessers have a copy). I am readily available 9-6, M-F, just like the sun.
HamBurger August 17, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Mr. don Gabacho, if I may suggest, take your car in for repair. Special hamburger?
Eric H August 17, 2012 at 04:23 AM
browsing through my emails on all the posts this evening....WOW! Eddie what's well stated? D.G. really? Well there's no way to prove other wise on this board. But I will assure you until my phone banking on the final weekend I had not been planning with anyone or even discussing strategy or otherwise working with anyone. Though I have responded to the email to say I would like to participate in the committees. I don't think people like me who seek to find middle ground are uncommon so I don't know why you feel that's an odd trait. True it seems that doesn't lead to a successful politician, at least at the State or National level. Anyway, sometimes I wonder if there is some deep plot or orchestrated scheme in place. But if i'm a key part of it i guess I don't have to worry about that, because I'm not. Oh and for the record. I didn't want to be annexed into Dunwoody. I did want to be annexed into Chamblee. I liked the idea of Brookhaven but didn't trust the people I identified with it. Particularly in regards to residents along Buford Highway. I entered this forum undecided.
Ben Podgor August 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I must point out two things: The mayor has no vote, unless there is a tie. The comments attributed a lot of power to him. Second, I have no connection to either the two groups, Brookhaven Yes, or Brookhaven No. Lastly, neither group explained properly why one should vote one way or another. Ben Podgor, please visit my web page: http://benjaminpodgor.com/one.html
Corey Self September 13, 2012 at 01:45 AM
FYI - There is a candidate forum for District 2 candidates on Thursday September 27th at 7pm at Ashford Park Elementary. I've not seen this published anywhere else yet but Russell Mitchell, candidate for district 2 has it on his Facebook page here... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Russell-Mitchell-for-City-Council-District-2-Brookhaven-GA/150961755044879

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