How Brookhaven Voted on Cityhood

Breaking down how the 12 precincts in the Brookhaven area voted on cityhood.

Now that voting is finished and Brookhaven is on its way to becoming a city, election results show just how each of the in the area voted on the cityhood proposal.

These figures come from the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections website, specifically the end of this large pdf file.

  • Ashford Dunwoody (): 63% yes, 37% no
  • : 45% yes, 55% no
  • Ashford Parkside Senior Residence: 65% yes, 35% no
  • : 52% yes, 48% no
  • Brookhaven (): 46% yes, 54% no
  • : 53% yes, 47% no
  • Kittredge Magnet School (formerly Nancy Creek Elementary): 67% yes, 33% no
  • Montclair Elementary: 36% yes, 64% no
  • Montgomery Elementary: 70% yes, 30% no
  • Silver Lake (): 46% yes, 54% no
  • : 50% yes, 50% no
  • : 43% yes, 57% no

Click here to see more DeKalb County election results.

Jordan Fox August 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM
The percentages are helpful, but does anyone have actual numbers for each of the precincts? I thought the Crier had posted some, but that was before they had all reported. Would be curious to see the final numbers per precinct.
bill August 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM
It can never be known whether hiding the vote in a primary instead of placing it in a general election helped Mike Jacobs' long and well-organized march toward bitch-slapping DeKalb's south side and supposedly liberal county government. But over 75% of the city's electorate doesn't even care about it enough to vote. And then, two of the city's four district, 2 and 4, clearly voted against citihood, and even if district 3, the last quartile of non-district 1 residents (half of its precincts voted against citihood), had edged out Yes votes in the remaining two precincts, district 1 would have still carried the vote, just as it was always planned. This was to be and will be district 1's city, and the rest of us are just here to serve as revenue. They will elect the mayor and choose the employees, because with one other sympathetic council member (an easy fix), they will control the city council votes. I don't live in district 1 and that's the main reason why I voted against it.
Tom August 02, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Wow, so it was about racism and greed.
Tom August 02, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Power grab
not one of 60 August 02, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Very much like most elections in your home state of GA! LOSER. Same for the people who elected Ellis and Gannon the Crooks crooks crooks, that they are! I really do despise you...
not one of 60 August 02, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Mary Ellen imlay and her kingdom remark in another online paper is really quite ironic, seeing that she acts like a queen, and is all very dissapointed that money cannot buy elections! Good for society; now move to Scottland....and sell your McMansion @ a loss! Yo seem to like to toss money around...usuallly only if your name is a marquee with accolades abound, what a joke of a person.
Eric H August 02, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Very true, more people should vote. Though the sad reality is that 30% is a pretty high turnout for a primary with no Presidential, Governor or Senator contest to vote on. The reality is that many registered voters, many people don't follow these matters closely. And frankly I don't think there is any absolutely right answer on the Cityhood or Tsplost issues. They both required conclusions. And they both required filtering the misinformation coming from both sides. I can understand why some people don't have time. Now the goal needs to be an active citizenship that attends meetings or reviews documents in order to elect the best representatives. And then to follow what they do.
Eric H August 02, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Its hardly squalor. Reasonable code enforcement is perfectly legitimate. And Dunwoody would seem to offer a viable model for that. http://www.thecrier.net/news/article_efaa15dc-d5a6-11e1-a130-001a4bcf887a.html . But this election was not about a local city taking over the federal role of immigration. If you want to do something about the plight of the "illegal immigrants" then lets set up a pathway to legal status as has been done throughout the history of this country up to Ronald Regan's amnesty program. Due to a number of factors Immigration from Mexico has dropped to a net zero rate. So you don't have to worry about sovereignty. The nations birthrate has dropped below maintenance or replacement levels. So the country needed more immigrants to boost the workforce age population which in turn supports the social security system and other costs of an aging population. The problem is due to politics we haven't adequately raised the quotas for legal immigration and we didn't do the amnesty program that was proposed when Bush Jr. was president. At a city level - the immigrants pay property taxes through rent (and rental units don't get a HOST credit). They pay the HOST 1% sales tax and the Schools 1% sales tax. Note even the Lottery has games geared towards them - so they help fund HOPE. The businesses the frequent are a part of the revenue stream of DeKalb. And the majority of them are not just working in landscaping or cleaning houses.
AshfordObserver August 02, 2012 at 03:27 PM
So I read SPAMburger's statement: Fifty-nine per cent (59%) of the registered voters did not vote in this election. OR ... 41% of registered voters DID vote in a primary election without any real candidate races other than 1-3. If you called any true elections guru like Karl Rove - he would be astounded that so many people voted on this issue. It's a testament to both sides that 41% voted on the issue. I defy one person to find a greater % of voters in a block of 25,000 voters (other than say city of Atlanta and South Dekalb). Overall across GA there was what - 30%?
not one of 60 August 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
i San Bernardino Files For Bankruptcy, Becomes The Third California City To Do So The city over San Bernardino's biggest expense - pay and benefits for police and firefighters. In a city with 15 percent unemployment, and where tax revenues have been badly hit by joblessness and the housing crash, the city estimates that public safety spending accounts for 73 percent of the general fund benefit. Pension costs will reach $25 million this year, double the 2006 level. The San Bernardino's County sheriff's department confirmed last month that an investigation "related to allegations of possible criminal activity within departments of the San Bernardino city government" was underway.
Eric H August 02, 2012 at 03:36 PM
One other factor amongst many is that the precincts on the North due to proximity have more closely watched what happened on 3 sides of us with the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody incorporations and the Chamblee Annexation up to 285. So correctly or incorrectly people sensed improvement. I'm not really sure how the precincts lay out geographically but it looks like 2 precincts south of Peachtree voted yes and one was a tie. Does the Silver Lake precinct include part of Ashford Park or was that the Historic Brookhaven vote? Though I didn't think there was a large population of truly Historic Brookhaven in DeKalb (truly vs up to Windsor Parkway). I also wonder do these percentages allocat the early voting votes to their respective precincts?
not one of 60 August 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
We're just very disappointed," said Mary Ellen Imlay, co-chair of No City Brookhaven, which opposed city-hood. "I think for (metro) Atlanta to recover and to be an international city, you can't divide it into these little kingdoms Actually having well managed small neighborhoods working well adjacent to one another is the best way not to burden a large dysfucntional central government...this way people running their communities and make them distinct/unique and something to be proud of....
Eric H August 02, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Kittredge Magnet School (formerly Nancy Creek Elementary): 67% yes, 33% no . This precinct had a very low vote total because most of the precinct covers east of Chamblee Dunwoody road and thus in the newly annexed portion of the City of Chamblee - so only that part of the precinct in unincorporated DeKalb had eligible voters.
HamBurger August 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
not, please, let’s be more respectful of small towns and their governments. Some well respected area citizens took a lot of time and effort to create this new city. Your insinuation by post defames a yet to be created city. You should be ashamed . . . Cheerwine and a special hamburger?
not one of 60 August 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
quite the contrary ground cowmeat eater: Brookhaven will not create a bloated pension & promotion ladder dept like Deklab does for friends, family, step children and mates other than spouses...extra extra mayo
Eric H August 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
"Actually having well managed small neighborhoods working well adjacent to one another is the best way not to burden a large dysfucntional central government...this way people running their communities and make them distinct/unique and something to be proud of...." I like your posts when you are not trying to start a fire. I agree with your post here. We aren't taking over the regional issues like MARTA, Highways, Courts, Water and Sewer, Senior care, indigent care or Grady. If DeKalb does more incorporations like Fulton I would hope they could focus more on these functions and thus become more effective on the regional issues (actually DeKalb really isn't even involved in MARTA or Highways(GDOT).
HamBurger August 02, 2012 at 03:55 PM
"The San Bernardino's County sheriff's department confirmed last month that an investigation "related to allegations of possible criminal activity within departments of the San Bernardino city government" was underway." Please pass the yellow mustard!
not one of 60 August 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Thanks; for the record probably about done commenting here because I think the city just needs to move on; easily irritable and certainly not always nice, correct nor right: but some of these comments of others do bring out the worst in me, for good/bad or indifference. The bottom line is all government can do better. And all corruption and greed should be brought out and spotlighted. No one person or elected official or government one is all knowing or all correct: this is all a social science. It just gets irritating when you know people are throwing darts for their own political or personal gain, not for the betterment of the community in which they live. And all at times everyone is guilty of this. In this particular fight the fact that the no people think DeKalb is doing or can do a better job than are own community is really inflammatory and quite irritating.
Eric H August 02, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I hear you! I mean frankly if the city gets a good county manager and a good CFO all we need to do is make sure we watch the elected officials to keep them clean and focused on making decisions based on what's best for the city, not on what's best for a political agenda. I think we can do that. Though I fear the elections could get nasty.
Eric H August 02, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Maybe a new saying for the new city. Don't be a Gorka. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/jon-stewart-mocks-romney-aide-rick-gorka_n_1727689.html?ref=topbar
Local Representation August 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
So the people that really wanted the city outnumbered those who didn't want it and the non voters didn't care one way or the other. That means these 14,914 people will go with the 5,939 votes totaling 20,853 people will be happy with the results. That leaves about a quarter of the total voters that pass you yellow mustard as sour grapes and the balance of the no city voters probably moving on.
Local Representation August 02, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Roger that :"Roger That": Now if we can get out of the alimony payments made to the DeKalb County School System.
Local Representation August 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
City, federal and state employees require these rich pensions that can bankrupt the respective government. Dunwoody contracts services out and will have no pension crisis. We learned after all the rhetoric that Wisconsin unions required cities to buy health insurance from them, now that Gov Walker retired that concept, cities are saving millions by bidding out the health care insurance. Smaller cities and contract employees are the way to go. Life-time government employees means anything goes to substantiate continued employment.
Local Representation August 02, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Roger that "Roger That" I am so thankful that Mitt is not like Obama
not one of 60 August 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
One of Dekalb County's Brightest Spots: It's DA: http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/andrea-sneiderman-charged-with-1489611.html
Dr. Jeff August 02, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Eric... I hear your views... You bring out good points... I do wonder about the percentage of illegal immigrants who do not report income... Also, what is the demand for social services, which are very costly, for these folks? The issue of illegal immigration is a tough issue for our nation. There are no easy answers to deal with the numbers of folks here today. Going forward I believe our govt needs to protect the borders, support border officers, support states that share borders with other nations, better engage the govt of our border nations, & revamp the immigration system. I have read the same statistics about net zero rate of immigration with Mexico and Central America. Despite the current rate of illegal immigration our govt still needs to act on our nation's immigration system so that we have individuals coming to be part of our nation through appropriate legal channels.
Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Arrest the people who commit the crime of hiring illegals. Put them in prison and auction off their stuff. The rest of the problem is self-correcting.
Tom Reilly August 03, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Hey,"Hamburger!!" My figures indicated as of Sunday that the projected voters were 50% in favor, 40% against, and 10% undecided. Out of some 30,000 eligible voters, only some 10,000 actually exercised their right to vote for their future. About 1,000 voters made the crucial difference. No wonder that I've been voting since 1964!!--Tom Reilly P. S. When are you going to tell me your REAL name??--TR
HamBurger August 03, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Mr. Tom, best to you, we are closer than you think. I hope all is well. Would you care to share more of your historical knowledge of the Brookhaven area with us? What about a website? Regarding your vote numbers, they are a little off, but that is OK. μια προσευχή για σένα I have a Cheerwine and a special hamburger for you!
Eric H August 03, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Dr. Jeff, I agree we should work on addressing the nation's immigration system so that they can come here via legal channels, part of this is through setting quotas at appropriate levels. I also want to make clear I certainly agree we can't let everyone in and that borders should be guarded and enforcement actions taken as appropriate. Though like many other countries our country does have a long history of sending mixed messages regarding immigration. On one hand saying no you can't get here but on the other hand saying if you get here as long as you don't cause problems (felony arrests for example) we won't mess with you, and ultimately if someone successfully navigated this amorphous status for five or ten years there was an opportunity to get legal status. As to costs vs. economic contribution, yea that's a calculation that people can argue both ways. Obviously the lowest group on the economic ladder tend to cost more. Though undocumented workers don't get full access to benefits like citizens in the same economic status do (medicare, welfare, unemployment). Then again much of the government support of the lower economic working class can be viewed as corporate welfare. Wal-Mart would not be in existence if not for government aid to its workers since the wages paid are not enough for a working parent to survive. But immigration isn't the City's responsibility. And at the city level they do add to the city revenues.


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