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

don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM
"Not sure I agree on the thoughtful exchanges comment...."---Eric Sure there is. Your nattering could not have become so automatic to require none.
don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM
"Thanks for the Wall, MARTA! Now if we can just plug those nasty holes!"---Roger That Only after the dead of one night, you wake up to find your neihborhood's street signs having been exchanged with those from the other side of the tracks.
JBrookhaven August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Hamburger - "Mr. Jeff, it is amusing that we have a serious change in our government that if not properly implemented may create more problems than it was initially thought to solve. And, what do you guys do? You wonder just who Mr. HamBurger is and whether he is running for elected office. For supposedly intelligent folks, you certainly are stupid" The hypocrisy of this statement is amusing. During this "serious change in government", it was you who chose to pass judgment on another poster, and criticize his career. You posted an entire paragraph trying to defame him. Further, I simply asked for your name. I didn't ask if you were running for office. I don't care if you do. No worries. I'll enjoy being a productive member of OUR new city, and do what I can to make it a great place for my family and neighbors. You will continue being an unhappy soul, always looking for the next fight.
don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM
DK sanitation refused to pick up our yard waste today because there "were rocks" in it."---Roger That You can't even pick up your own rocks? Why should any sanitation department? They're not in the business of quarrying. I somewhat understand your anger however. They didn't pick up the rocks in your head.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 17, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Roger That...I believe the opposite of your premise is more likely to happen. So, if someone gets elected who wants to sabatoge the success of the new city, there are definately checks and balances in play to negate that from happening. The puppet masters behind the curtain would not allow any 1 person from dismantling "their" city. On the other hand, a strong Yes leadership has all the components in place, new systems and processes to advance a new city and on the process, fall way short of delivery on big, bold promises. The greater danger and negative impact to the community, lies with the "victors" and NOT making delivery on all the campaign promises. Higher cost of services, lower home values, and safety.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 17, 2012 at 01:11 AM
It really is laughable that HamBurger has so many folks with their underwear in a wad. And why? Only because he is asking cozient questions that many folks do not have answers for. It really is revealing that one person has an entire blog shaking in their boots and heels.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 17, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Hey, I just figured it out. HamBurger is the new Rush Limbaugh because he's creating wide-spread panic with half his brain tied behind his back.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 17, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Suggestion...spend more time and energy on directly responding to his questions than worrying about his identity.
don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 01:18 AM
"No. I think I ran off Not1 of 60. Haven't heard anything since the vote.... maybe he's a candidate?!"----Roger That :-) You didn't run the Venezuelan off. He must have went to "Italia" for a vacation like he (30319) said. You haven't heard much of the MxGov's contingent "since the vote" either; or (excepting one case) from their even Spanish keyboards.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 17, 2012 at 01:22 AM
don Gabacho...I am really enjoying your teaching methods. Very important lessons to learn!
don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 01:42 AM
'The puppet masters behind the curtain would not allow any 1 person from dismantling 'their' city."---E Pluribus Unum They certainly wouldn't. But its not Hamburger they've been worried about. To them the CVI study, for example, was never important but it served to deflect real issues and their real agenda. So they fueled Hamburger's truly cognizant arguments to further the deflection. Even for Hamburger and LM to waste their time, and, in effect, everyone else's, to petition of all people the Puppet Master himself. Even now they feed the debate of "holding their feet to the fire" while they, of course, have their proxies, set to sit on the local thrones, getting only their feet singed anyway. Central to their cast of characters is Eric. Serving their pap and baloney throughout, as if seeking compromise and, now, even reconciliation, when simply keeping the focus on the decoy while introducing the scene changes from one act to the other in their charade. His most telling introduction was "I was undecided but have decided to vote yes." The orchestrated chorus in support of that one was nearly deafening.
don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
What they are doing, this time around and yet again, over the decoy of "identity," is deflect from the issue of nullifying the cityhood.
don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 01:59 AM
The forms, methods and procedures is 'corporatist' governance a la Mexicano.
don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 02:05 AM
It's too bad Hamburger has surrendered. Also Eddie E who, though shows plenty of backbone too, lets himself chase the wild goose of only future accountability which will never be forthcoming; and with their own police enforcers, woe onto anyone who thinks they can hold them to anything.
HamBurger August 17, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Mr. Stan, well, Mr. HamBurger is simply clarifying what you have inferred on several occasions. However, if I spoke too close to the truth do you can find it in your heart to forgive me? Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger August 17, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Mr. Jeff, see you at the city council meetings! Pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger August 17, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Mr. don Gabacho, the after sale until their preferred candidates are installed. Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger August 17, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Mr. Stan, “Brookhaven is fortunate that there appears to be a plethora of intelligent people running for office.” Unfortunately, the intelligent people you are speaking of are the preferred Brookhaven Yes folks responsible for the “cityhooding of Brookhaven” and they may not be able to distinguish from their agenda and what is best for the city. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eddie E. August 17, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Stan, Since I know Sandy Murray and Jim Eyre both very well, I can say without reserve that their position was one of truth. That they did not delve in pointless fantasy is a good thing. You might want to look into the truth, it can be your friend.
Eddie E. August 17, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Well stated.
Eddie E. August 17, 2012 at 03:20 AM
The wild goose can be found around so many of our local ponds these days. And the DNR has no bag limit!
Eddie E. August 17, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Rodger, Another pointless attack on the party that will still be in the Majority in the civilized portions of our Country after November.
Eddie E. August 17, 2012 at 03:23 AM
don G, We should talk.
don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 03:24 AM
"Mr. don Gabacho, the after sale until their preferred candidates are installed."---Hamburger The "after sale"? Their imposed candidates will have their own police. The Carpetbaggers from MxCty have long arrived. They have the Scalawags at their feet. Any "after sale" will be there's beginning with yours and everything of those who most opposed them.
don Gabacho August 17, 2012 at 03:37 AM
"We should talk." It's best I get in touch with you. How? I know we both live in Ashford Park. Good night.
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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