1. In this day and age of intense scrutiny, and especially considering the recent, hotly contested debate and vote over Brookhaven municipalization, why are you running for mayor?
Murray: I want to make Brookhaven the best it can be – a safe and friendly place to live and work. We need to create a sustainable community for our families. We must also resolve past differences and bring Brookhaven together after the contentious vote over municipalization.
2. What do you think separates your candidacy from the other contenders?
Murray: I believe that under my mayorship, the City of Brookhaven would thrive as an example of an open and collaborative municipal government. I would be the most responsive mayor for all citizens of Brookhaven.
3. With a newly incorporated municipality, is one responsibility (i.e., police, zoning, etc.) more pressing than some of the others?
Murray: There are many responsibilities that we need to juggle simultaneously so that the City of Brookhaven is able to begin operations on December 17, 2012. Two items of importance that I have been speaking to voters about a lot lately are the formation of a successful Brookhaven police force and a strong parks and recreation department. However, there are many other issues that our new mayor must tackle head-on, including zoning, roads, drainage, and code enforcement.
4. Moving forward, what do you envision Brookhaven's relationship with DeKalb County to be?
Murray: Brookhaven must be an independent and strong actor in all interactions and negotiations with DeKalb County. Brookhaven residents deserve to have the very best in terms of city and county services. As Mayor, I would ensure that DeKalb pays attention to this vital area of the county.
5. Candidates make promises when running for public office all the time. Can you make just one promise that, with absolute certainty, you will keep?
Murray: I’m running for Mayor of Brookhaven because I want to give our citizens a choice. The people of our city don’t deserve “business as usual” in government or a done-deal organized behind closed doors. They deserve a city government that works for them and is answerable to no one but the citizens. I promise to be a transparent mayor that works for the people of Brookhaven.