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Crowded Brookhaven City Council Races Result In Runoffs

Jim Eyre became the new city's first elected official on Tuesday night, while runoffs are set for three other races.


With so many candidates seeking to become the new city of Brookhaven's first elected council, it seemed almost inevitable that most would result in runoffs.

Jim Eyre was the only candidate who won his race outright on Tuesday night, capturing 55 percent of the vote to become Brookhaven's first elected official in history.

Eyre told Patch that what put him over the edge was that he'd always been very involved in the Ashford Park community.

"I've always been straightforward," he said. "I've always been honest. Win or lose, I know they're (voters) were going to understand where I stand. I have been working for them, and I'm going to continue to do that."

The District 2 race became particularly bitter in the final days before the vote, with Eyre and Russell Mitchell, who finished with 32 precent, accusing each other's campaign of falsehoods and inaccuracies.

Mitchell told Patch he received a third of the vote and has only lived in Brookhaven for three years, and was proud of his effort. Larry Hurst finished a distant third.

In District 1, Rebecca Chase Williams will face Kevin Fitzpatrick. Williams finished with a solid 45 percent of the vote, but not enough to avoid a runoff with Fitzpatrick's 19 percent.

District 3 fielded nine candidates, and 10 votes separated the top two finishers. Bates Mattison finished the evening with 875 votes, or 21.22 percent. Kevin Quirk garned 865 votes, or 20.97 percent.

And in a three-candidate District 4 race, Joe Gebbia (40 percent) will square off against Karen Lord (35 percent). Just 113 votes separated the candidates in the final tally.

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Eddie E. November 07, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Well congratulations to Jim Eyre and the voters of District 2. We have spoken clearly on Pay to Play in the new city. Now the remaining three Districts and the Mayors race can still be cleansed of Pay to Play. It's up to you!
Jack of Kings November 07, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Congratulations to Jim Eyre on his win in District 2. Now it is important that all voters return for the runoff election for Mayor and the other District council seats. Any analysis on the Straw Man issue of "Pay to Play" shows that these outstanding Council races recognize that the P to P is a false issue. Made up. Anyone knowing the structure of the City knows that the Mayor only breaks tie votes for contract awards. This "cleansing" is another stab at accusing corruption when it is not.
Eddie E. November 07, 2012 at 05:31 PM
The Citizens of District 2 had a clear choice in what sort of 'support' they deemed appropriate for Council Candidates. Everyone else has a month to carefully determine the agenda and backers of each of the remaining candidates.
HDM November 07, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Mr. Eyre has a long record of community involvement, and was a strong candidate. To boil it down to Eddie's one issue...pretty shallow thinking.
Joan Dillon November 07, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I would like to see a requirement for quarterly written disclosures of vendor contributions or in kind contributions from vendors, to be published in the local paper. Otherwise how will the public be assured of no corruption?
Eddie E. November 07, 2012 at 07:11 PM
To ignore that 'issue' as irrelevant also suggests some quite shallow thinking (and a strong desire to ignore the relevance of this 'issue' especially as it relates to the remaining candidates). But that's ok, it's you guys job to attempt to bury the significance just as it is the voter's job to learn everything they can about the remaining candidates.
John Q Public November 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
It is now even more important JMax doesn't get into office. It's proven he has engaged in pay to play. Our city cannot ford another set back in an even more compressed timeframe. So once the run off winner is decided, we have 13 days to get our crap together for our grand opening. Factor in an ethics suit in to the mix and we are really screwed.
hmm November 08, 2012 at 12:20 AM
You are saying that we should elect Sandy Murray who stands on street corners with garbage bag signs saying NO CITY and has demonstrated a skill set that makes her very ill suited for being Mayor of a new city. The fact that Larry Danese did not come in second place is ample evidence that many of those voting for Sandy and many of her major financial backers were not trying to find the best candidate to successfully run the city and implement the services promised. Brilliant strategy to sabotage the city and reach their goal of leaving key services with the County.
Jenn November 08, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Will there be early voting possible? I know some of my family in Brookhaven that supports J Max will be out of town the day of the runoff. Also, have we determined if these are the only runoffs in Dekalb?
HamBurger November 08, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Mr. Low and Behold, “Brilliant strategy to sabotage the city and reach their goal of leaving key services with the County.” Evidently, you have chosen to ignore J. Max Davis and his vote day participation at the polls. But, that is J. Max Davis and it is OK. Right? Plus, did J. Max or Rep Mike Jacobs ever give this new city a realistic operating budget? Special hamburger?
Jack of Kings November 13, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Karen Lord, running against Gebbia in the District 4 runoff, has raised no money and has spent practically nothing on her campaign, aside from the $913 she spent on her qualifying fee, some yard signs and some flyers. Lord advanced to the runoff on a tidal wave of early voter support, according to turnout data. Lord convinced more than 300 voters to early vote and cast absentee ballots, an effort that secured her place on the runoff ballot. Gebbia received more than 200 absentee and early votes. Gebbia said he hasn’t seen much of Lord on the campaign trail. A reporter’s attempts to reach Lord have been unsuccessful. http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/11/13/brookhaven-district-1-candidates-lead-fundraising/
HamBurger November 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Mr. Phil, additionally, Ms. Lord does not appear to be very engaged with city matters that most candidates have been involved in educating themselves with. Sounds like she will be very compliant with anything J. Max Davis wants to do if he is elected. By the way, while you are taking down all of J. Max Davis’s signs down on right of ways, are you taking down the Brookhaven Farmer’s Market’s signs as well? Or, have you delegated this to Mr. Tom? Please pass the yellow mustard!
HDM November 14, 2012 at 01:11 AM
There you go folks, if the poster known as "Hamburger" denigrates an idea or candidate on the Patch you can be sure that person is the best choice. Either Gebbia or Lord would make a good representative for District 4. I've met Ms. Lord and she would well represent us.
Jack of Kings November 14, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Not a mention about J. Max in my post, but you somehow found a way to make it clear how deep you visceral dislike of the man is. I hope you know that not everything is about the mayor, HamBurger. Blind hatred is not good for anyone's vision.
Brookhaven4u November 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Phil, if J Max is mayor, and he gets the tie breaking vote, do you think he will choose: Grice & Associates Comdex Consulting Transportation TranSystems Lowe Engineering JAT Consulting With so many qualified to choose from, I wonder if there is enough pieces of Pie in Brookhaven to satisfy all of them. Go ahead and check j max contributors: http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Search/Campaign/Campaign_ByContributions_RFR.aspx?NameID=18022&FilerID=C2012002379&CDRID=70024&Name=Davis,%20J%20Max&Year=2012&Report=15%20Days%20Before%20Special%20Election%20-%2011/06/2012
Brookhaven4u November 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Actually those that voted for Sandy did not have the best interest of District 1. Nor did they have the best interest for Lowe Engineering, Calvin, Giordano & Associates, JAT. This clearly shows the South Side does not know how to govern.
HamBurger November 14, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Mr. Dean, this first set of city council seats to be filled are the most important for this new city. The most capable and dedicated individuals should be considered for these offices. Candidates that are less engaged are not the best to consider as their first year or two in office will be demanding. Pointing out that a candidate may be less suited for such an important first term is not to denigrate them, but to point out that others may be better suited for city start-up. You ready for that special hamburger now?
John Galt November 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Ms. Jenn: Please go to the link below for all you need to know re: absentee voting... http://www.jmaxforbrookhaven.com/absentee-ballot/
Booyah November 14, 2012 at 08:03 PM
@Brookhaven4u Thanks, that is an impressive list of neighbors and friends making small donations. Seems a lot of folks listed as homemakers and retired. Not at all like Sandy Murray's list with Tom & Ann Cousins and John & MaryEllen Imlay donating nearly $10,000.

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