Mayoral Candidate Thom Shepard Not Withdrawing, But Suspending Campaign

The Brookhaven mayoral candidate says he will not withdraw his name from the Nov. 6 election ballot.

Brookhaven mayoral candidate Thom Shepard said it was correctly announced Wednesday that he would be dropping out of the mayoral race, but he has now decided to suspend his campaign and remain on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election.

Shepard told Brookhaven Patch on Thursday night that there would be more details to come, but that it's "not one thing."

"It was cumulative pressure and a lot of factors," Shepard said. "It's not something I wanted to do, but felt it was necessary."

He said there was a "complex aspect" to his campaign. He said Brookhaven has an opportunity to begin with new initiatives, new zoning plans and more. He wanted to make sure that decision-makers are "not just doing what Dunwoody is doing and apply that to the city."

The city has the chance to become "sustainable" and "urbanist," he said, but "if the groundwork's not laid down, it's not going to happen."

Brookhaven Patch will continue to update you on Shepard's run for office.

TomMiller October 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
This guy has zero cred. He had no chance.
Steve Walker October 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
He will garner enough votes to to further the need of a run-off and thus postponing the process further running up to the December 17th startup date.
TomMiller October 05, 2012 at 02:53 PM
My prediction is he gets 1% of the votes. Not enough in and of itself to create the runoff. Larry D will cause the runoff. Ultimately the city council will be the ones calling the shots and making the decisions. Mayor's slot will be higher profile for PR and when there is a SNAFU - but if the mayor can't vote, explain why it's such an important position when it comes to the nut cutting.
Eric H October 05, 2012 at 02:57 PM
He makes a good point here: "The city has the chance to become "sustainable" and "urbanist," he said, but "if the groundwork's not laid down, it's not going to happen."" But he loses me here ""It was cumulative pressure and a lot of factors," Shepard said. "It's not something I wanted to do, but felt it was necessary." He said there was a "complex aspect" to his campaign." Frankly printing up 1000 yard signs and 2000 flyers and knocking on doors and attending forums doesn't seem that complex. Perhaps he has job or family emergencies though he should have stated that. If he isn't able to campaign then he should take his name off the ballot. If the Mayor's race and a couple of district races do not require a runoff, the runoff election will not cost as much.
TomMiller October 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Eric, you are right. Step one is be responsible. See if you can help 'sustain' this city by cutting down the chances of a runoff. Maybe he recalls J. McCain using the word "suspend" in 2008 during the election. We saw how well that turned out. I'd respect the guy a little if he simply said - I'm out because of work and home issues. Leave it at that. A college professor in poli sci class once said something I'll never forget- there is such thing as a wrong time to run for office. If you screw that up, run anyway, and get crushed in that election you may be a laughing stock in later races you shoot for. Happened to a friend. Ran too soon, lost 80%-20%, could never win an election after that. A big Loss is a tattoo -never going away. There could be many reasons for this erratic behavior - pride, ego, people wanting him to stay in the race - or he might very well be altruistic. Nonetheless- "suspending" a campaign to me suggests a novice. Suggests a guy who is not decisive. Do I want to take a chance to waste a vote on a guy like that?
Thom Shepard October 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Eric Hovdesven, I made it clear in my first press release, published in its entirety on the patch, that since my campaign would have at its core preservation, conservation and sustainable but very economically viable development that mailing fliers and putting plastic yard signs around town went against my nature and I chose not do this. If I had suspended my campaign simply for personal reasons, I would have said so at the time. I have issued a press release this morning that goes into more detail as to why I made this decision. When I spoke with Ms. Walton I had just attended the back to back meetings of the Governors Commission Public Works Committee meeting and the Governors Commission General meeting and as such that business was more my focus at the time and was not wanting to make comments beyond what I did without time for a more serious discussion. As stated above I have issued a much more detailed press release. Thom Shepard
Kiri Walton (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Yes, please see Mr. Shepard's letter in its entirety now posted here: http://brookhaven.patch.com/articles/an-open-letter-from-thom-shepard-to-the-citizens-of-the-future-city-of-brookhaven Thank you for your comment, Thom.
Eric H October 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Thanks, going to read it now
"E Pluribus Unum" October 06, 2012 at 08:26 PM
TomMiller and Eric, what are your key takeaways from Thom Shepard's detailed response after allowing it to sink in 24 hours? I personally found it informative.


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