After pulling ahead early Tuesday evening with more than 50 percent of the vote, it looked like J. Max Davis might win Brookhaven's first mayoral election uncontested.
But as the final precincts were counted, Sandy Murray earned enough of the final tally to force a runoff between the two candidates on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2012.
Late Tuesday night, Davis told Patch he will start campaigning again on Wednesday. "Sandy will have to answer for the wild stories she told about me" during the campaign, he said.
Murray said she expected a runoff, adding, "I'm happy. It's back to work."
Larry Danese was the third-place finisher in the race, with 10 percent, and Thom Shepard - who suspended his campaign but then re-started it - finished with 5 percent.
Brookhaven's first mayor will take office with less than two weeks until the city officially incorporates at 12:01 am on Dec. 17, 2012.