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.

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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