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Five Questions With Sandy Murray, Brookhaven Mayoral Candidate

Murray says Brookhaven needs to be brought together "after the contentious vote over municipalization."


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.

Mike September 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM
"We need to create a sustainable community for our families." "Code enforcement"....sounds great on the surface, but really sounds like Agenda 21 to me. I suspect the whole city movement is really one big land grab scheme to build more Town Brookhavens and get rid of diversity in the community while centralizing power and gentrifying the remaining holdouts by "code enforcement". These code enforcements will mean fines which will mean tax leans witch will mean cheap tax sales to the lucky few land developers in the know.
Enuff Govt Already September 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I think you misread the records you "waded through", although I learned the records are largely kept as an e-file at the county. I've talked with officers from the upper ranks to the beat officer from DeKalb, Chamblee, Dunwoody and a few other places. No one records the number of times they drive down a street. What they record are calls for service on a street or request for patrols down a street. The fact that you discovered the police have been on your street only once in 2 years is an indicator that your street is largely crime free. A ranking officer explained that random patrols are used instead of regular rounds like a security guard uses to avoid developing a pattern that criminals could detect. The important thing is you learned you live in a very safe area!
Jack of Kings September 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Jeff Kellar deserves more respect than accusing him that he is me. Nice try, don G. don Gabacho, it has been quite awhile since I had a chance to see your binder proving that the Mexican Government was conspiring to take over the United States. I am sure your document binder has expanded to two or three binders by now. Where can one who is concerned about this grand conspiracy view these binders that you have laboriously put together over the years? You really should be sharing your efforts with the State Department.
HamBurger September 13, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Mr. EGA, thank you, I have to call bogus on Mr. Tom’s comments as well. In the Murphy Candler and Black Burn Park area, even with large amounts of park and athletic participation, there seems to be a lower crime aspect associated with our area. We have even had DeKalb police frequent Murphy Candler for the purpose of traffic and parking control, but there is no regular pattern for their patrols. I have mentioned this to J. Max previously, but he does not seem to take interest, a portion of good policing is neighbors wide eyes open . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
TomMiller September 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
onds ago Why would I lie about it with my full name on here? I went, did the research and talked with a dekalb police employee. Got the1 trip and hey if those are reports as opposed to patrols great. Anyone have an issue with it come find me at a candidate meeting.
Grieg Ericsson September 13, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I have been an advocate of community health and wellbeing the entire 35 years I have lived in the North Dekalb Area. I have been involved in my community and charitable organizations. When I see something is broken, I go get it fixed. I don't sit in my leather easy chair and target people to whine to when the fruits of my labor are zero because I did nothing. Look, your taxes did and will go up further. If you don't believe me, I don't really care. That is your problem - not mine. Just wait and see little fella. PS - This is why I am running for office - so that people such as yourself can be represented when you do indeed figure out you were duped. You are a reactionary - not a proactionary. Understandable. Make your own fate and get out and get involved and do something. Record searches...that's a good one!
Grieg Ericsson September 13, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Oh J Max. You again?
Grieg Ericsson September 13, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Steve, Games over. You lose. The bums lost. Get a job, sir. http://youtu.be/Sq0QJOLbl2E?t=1m15s
Grieg Ericsson September 13, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Tom, Your post is nearly incoherent. Have you been having yourself a little nip? :) It's cool. I'm hammered too.
Eddie E. September 13, 2012 at 02:53 AM
That would be MAYOR genius. You might want to get back to the 'Reading Rainbow' series.
Eddie E. September 13, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Enuff, Question 3 is one I have been paying very, very close attention to for nearly 2 years. Don't count on cogent answers though, because if you ask the Candidates who are canvassing, many of the confused people who voted yes are astounded to find out that DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOLS have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the municipalization referendum. Go figure.
Brookhaven Maven September 13, 2012 at 02:55 AM
To Ms. Murray -- First of all, let me say that I intended to vote for you in your State Representative race --- not because I want you in, but because I WANT MIKE JACOBS OUT!! My vote for you would have been an anybody-but-mike vote. Now, let me tell you why you WON'T get my vote for mayor of Brookhaven: 1) You aren't very smart. I don't think you've had an original idea in years. You don't follow an intelligent discussion very well. 2) You claim great things on your web site and on other platforms, but we who know you KNOW that you exaggerate your contributions to the community through such venues as the Ashford Alliance and the BPCA. Right on the front page of your web site, you claim to have organized forums and discussions on a variety of issues. NO, you have not. 3) You are a weak leader. Since you became president of the Ashford Alliance, it has lost credibility and relevance. I've been to 1 or 2 of the AACA meetings, and you can't even bring a small group of like-minded citizens to concensus. 4) You are a horrible public speaker. The first mayor will need GREAT presentation skills and powers of persuasive speech, and you have neither. 5) You are a vindictive person. I've seen and heard this first-hand. 6) You have never managed an organization of the magnitude (revenue or number of employees) of Brookhaven. The first mayor of Brookhaven needs to be an exceptional person, and you are not even average. -- The Maven
Eddie E. September 13, 2012 at 02:57 AM
How else can a man in Florida named Sembler pay for all the concrete he has ordered?
Eddie E. September 13, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Mrs. Murray provides us with something that is entirely necessary for Municipal Government Officials. Answers! Or you could go with back slapping and happy talk if you think that will run a government.
Jack of Kings September 13, 2012 at 03:04 AM
It is one thing to disagree with someone and have reasons to not vote for that candidate. It is quite another to eviscerate that person in such a public forum, especially when the attacker is anonymous and the target obviously uses her name. JMO, Maven. And no offense. You have had some great input on these threads, but I do not think Ms. Murray really deserved such a brutal analysis. I hope Ms. Murray responds for the sake of her own candidacy.
Steve Walker September 13, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I have met Phil on several occasions and I know Jeff Kellar as well. I can assure you they are not the same.
Brookhaven Maven September 13, 2012 at 03:31 AM
To Phil @ 11:04p -- No offense taken. Eviscerate? Hardly. My remarks are factual. Ms. Murray knows they are, and I expect her to respond accordingly. She should, for instance, either change her narrative claims on her web site to eliminate the misrepresentations, or else she should eliminate the "Honesty" and "Integrity" tags at the bottom of her home page. I thought one of the wonderful things about becoming a city is supposed to be that the electorate is closer to the candidate both physically and personally. Ms. Murray has run for office before, so she should know by now that she will be outed if she misrepresents herself, especially since so many people know so much about her. Brookhaven city will not be a quality place to live without quality leadership. We can do better than Ms. Murray or J. Davis. BTW, I responded to your parks map post in the other thread. -- The Maven
Eric H September 13, 2012 at 04:30 AM
What's unclear? He said he is posting under his real name so he wouldn't lie. He then said that's what the DeKalb Police Employee told him and interpreted that to mean they had only done one trip but acknowledged that it could be one report or response. And refreshingly conceded that your interpretation may be correct.
Eric H September 13, 2012 at 04:44 AM
I really want to post something. But the Thumper Rule gets in the way.
don Gabacho September 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM
"Jeff Kellar deserves more respect than accusing him that he is me."---Phil Which is not saying much given anyone would. "Nice try, don G." Since when are questions "accusations"? "don Gabacho, it has been quite awhile since I had a chance to see your binder What "binder"? "...proving that the Mexican Government was conspiring to take over the United States. I am sure your document binder has expanded to two or three binders by now." "Where can one who is concerned about this grand conspiracy view these binders that you have laboriously put together over the years? You really should be sharing your efforts with the State Department." Why are you so anxious to defend the MxGov and its illegal role in our own elections and referendums?
HamBurger September 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Mr. Eddie, you might be interested in this article: http://tinyurl.com/9fdxok8 Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger September 13, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Mr. BM, respectfully, I disagree about the first mayor being important. And, for that matter, the first city council. The expectations are huge and citizen opinions are very divided about this new city. It will be the second mayor and the second set of council members voted in around the time of his/her election. I am voting for J. Max Davis and Rebecca Chase Williams because the first two to four years will more than likely be a train wreck due to the agendas of the C$ND and Brookhaven Yes bunch. That second generation of elected officials and the survivors from the first election will then have a handle on what the city is capable of and what the citizens realistically expect. At that time, the city will move forward. For those with the means, now might be a good time to spend a few years on Gilligan’s Island . . . Special hamburger anyone?
HamBurger September 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Mr. Eric, so uncharacteristic of you! Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger September 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Or, you can spread the word . . . http://dudeism.com/ Special hamburger?
Eric H September 13, 2012 at 03:07 PM
HamBurger, it sounds like you are serious. And in a way I agree with you though I don't think the first 2 or 4 years will be a train wreck. But I do think the first 2 or 4 years will be dedicated to getting things started and making the CVI projections work. And I do see value in electing Mr. Davis since he can be held accountable for the numbers provided and the goals provided. Thus he can't hide behind the old "well this wasn't my idea, don't blame me" line. I also think Ms. Williams to a lesser extent can be held to that standard. While my humble analysis led me to the conclusion that a City of Brookhaven will work, part of that analysis relied on representations by Brookhaven Yes so I'd like to make sure enough of that core group is in place to assure that making the projections reality is Job 1.
Grieg Ericsson September 13, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Eric, If that is your thinking, perhaps you would have thought differently if you actually lived in what was called Brookhaven prior to the vote. http://theotherbrookhaven.blogspot.com/2012/09/post-4-brookhaven-series-we-got.html
Eddie E. September 13, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Shawn, You have a point. However, at least she didn't wander off into some drivel about 'trusting the free market'.
Eric H September 13, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Greig I don't see what that has to do with my post.
Grieg Ericsson September 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Eric, Well I think you answered your own question then. You know, there are people who live below Windsor Parkway. Where your hero's never tread. But thank you for spelling my name correctly.
Eric H September 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
And it may turnout that the majority opinion of those who live South of Peachtree who opposed may be right (note it wasn't a blow out one way or the other South of Peach and there were precincts south that voted yes, just like there were precincts north that voted no). I said elsewhere I could see value in another commission district voting for an outsider or even a No person. I just happen to want to run with the vision presented for voting Yes. if it turns out the vision is flawed then we can change direction. As I've said in the past unlike DeKalb County that due to the large size of the districts has never voted out an incumbent Commissioner or CEO Dunwoody has and/or they've had much bigger turnover. If it doesn't work I anticipate we will have entirely new people 4 years from now. Though frankly I don't see how it couldn't work. Cities with smaller tax bases work.

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