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Mayoral Forum Brings a Little Heat

The mayoral forum at Oglethorpe University's Lupton Hall brought a little more heat than the past mayoral debates.

The three candidates– Larry Danese, J. Max Davis and Sandy Murray- hoping to earn enough votes to become Brookhaven's first mayor took the stage again to answer questions from residents in another mayoral forum.

The forum was hosted by the Brookhaven Reporter at Oglethorpe University's Lupton Hall on Monday evening.

The format of the forum was just like the last mayoral forum hosted by the Ashford Park Civic Association and the Drew Valley Civic Association. Audience members could ask questions and the candidates took turns answering them.

Throughout the last forum, however, the candidates would often agree with each other. This time, the candidates took a little more time to make sure Brookhaven residents could see them as three distinct characters, even if that meant playing a little hardball that wasn't played in the last forum.

Video of the full forum will be posted here later today. The video attached was created by Brookhaven Reporter reporter Dan Whisenhunt.

What did you think of Monday's mayoral forum? Do you wish you could've heard something specific from the candidates that you haven't heard? Tell us below in the comments.

TomMiller October 17, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Kestrel, your complaints to the principal grow tiresome. I've watched Max with a D and man. Arrogance. I used to hear that city council and mayoral offices are where political ambitions go to die. Max just strikes me as a guy who badly wants to be somewhere above and beyond mayor. Well he can have it- b/c for $12K a year he is going to get positively waylaid. Larry D - no way. Embarrassing. I'm not a Roman Catholic but didnt the guy slow down a catholic church getting built in Bhaven? Sandy - You vote no you must go. None of the above an option?
Kestrel Larson October 17, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Mr Miller, Please don't attack me. I have complained.
Roger That October 17, 2012 at 03:10 AM
tee hee ... ha ha!! Man, that wasted about four minutes of time I could've been reading the Patch. And, yah, no, Kiri, "Youtube" is not a format. Try loading onto liveleak.com that way everyone can watch without downloading a Flash adapter. : )
Roger That October 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM
DeKalb is going to incorporate anyway. We have to have our own PD.
Carl Childers October 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Sir, I have done extensive research on this matter. J max appears to be corrupt. Larry is technically astute but not very "stately". Sandy is much like Eva Galambos from SS. Strong female with a calculated approach. I think I would like to see Sandy. I just don't trust J Max. He has already paved the way for buddies and contributors to get their piece of the pie. I agree with you that J Max has his head in the clouds (among other places) and will do whatever necessary to fulfill his personal agenda BEFORE the agenda of us Brookhavenites. Please ALWAYS remember, that I am a scientist and a genius. Notice my enormous cranium.
HamBurger October 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Mr. Still Weary, addressing your Tuesday 4:47 PM comment, here is one for you: A man comes from a major Georgia city and county that has undergone successful consolidation of city and county government and settles down in Atlanta. He then proceeds to become active in C$ND and backed by an anonymous group of donors has a Vinson study done for the purpose of creating a new city that further fragments a county and region. Why, instead of fragmenting the new neighborhood he has moved into with another layer of government, would he not try to make constructive changes to his existing government by working for government consolidation? Tape #2 – Mark 1:29 – Question with concerns about small cities and fragmentation of the area. Tape #2 – Mark 6:25 – Larry Danese points out the disadvantages small cities have to overcome. Would you like a Cheerwine and a special hamburger while you review the videos?
HamBurger October 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM
As a new city making a transition from DeKalb County and still dependent upon them for certain services, we need a diplomatic ambassador for our first mayor. This transition period and our future relationship with DeKalb County are very important to all tax payers. J. Max Davis, with his apparent contentious relationship with DeKalb County, is not the mayor to help the citizens of DeKalb make a smooth transition to cityhood. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Jack of Kings October 17, 2012 at 01:06 PM
It is encouraging to remember that as the City moves forward, me and my fellow posters here will not have too much input beyond any other resident who never posts here. We will vote for our council representative and they will be charged to make certain there is no corruption, transparent awards of RFP's etc. Apparently, I have a higher regard for the intelligence of residents than many prolific posters here. It must give certain people some solace to anonymously declare public figures corrupt without any evidence. "I presume, therefore I am right." is not a legal maxim.
Still Weary October 17, 2012 at 01:25 PM
You really need to come on up to Dunwoody to see what is happening, because your remarks are so far off the mark, they are laughable. Things are better than they were, and it makes y'all crazy!
Still Weary October 17, 2012 at 01:32 PM
That question has been addressed many times, by many others, and you still choose not to get it - Dekalb is locked into it's current state of affairs and no change will come. No matter how hard you try for consensus; constructive changes means 'what's my cut.' Been there, done that. This was discussed previously and yet you choose not to understand the political reality. Your POV is foolish and a waste of time. don't you think this approach has already been tried? It has. It fails. It is not currently possible.
Still Weary October 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM
All the diplomacy in the world will not change the fact - We are now not fully DeKalb, and DeKalb will do what the are legally required to do, with or without the niceties. That said, we should be firm, professional and respectful to our new partner.
Still Weary October 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Correct, Phil, if I may: Y'all are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts."
HamBurger October 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Mr. Phil, you forgot to clarify that your statement applies to the one quarter of the registered voters that make up the 55%. Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger October 17, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Mr. Still Weary, the last thing we need is a bull in a china shop for a mayor. You are too close to see the truth. Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger October 17, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Mr. Still Weary, that question has never been addressed. I get it. I have seen a movement for cityhood for a group of folks that were not a part of Dunwoody and rejected being annexed into Chamblee. I also get that state elected officials, instead of organizing along with citizens for the purpose of changing DeKalb government opted to create a new city further fragmenting the region. As Mr. Larry pointed out, there are problems that arise from fragmenting a geographical area. Although you think you have made great strides in distancing yourself from DeKalb by creating a new city, you have created another set of problems to deal with. Plus, as small governments tend to do, overtime they emulate the government they sought to escape from. Soon we will have our own little version of Peyton Place. Man! I certainly hope I am low bidder for the city council meeting concessions!
Still Weary October 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Finally, Balkanization is not supported by facts, currently. We must always watch out for that, but so far everyone is playing nicely together.
hmm October 17, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I thought you were voting for J Max?
hmm October 17, 2012 at 04:25 PM
The Youtubes are not the Patch's. They just linked to them. " The video attached was created by Brookhaven Reporter reporter Dan Whisenhunt."
Oh so very weary... October 17, 2012 at 04:53 PM
You mean to say that Elaine Boyer has not worked with Lee Mays and others on the Commish to counter-act CEO policies that simply do not make sense Or are you saying that disappointing County policies can be corrected by a direct approach to the CEo. Or what exactly are you saying, because the elusive goal of 'bringing everyone together' only works with mutual will. Fact is, and you must already know this, one side is uninterested in coming together. DeKalb does things well in certain areas, and I will always defend County employees as hard-working, for the most part. But the days of the Jobs Machine are limited at all levels of government. You know darn well the County has far more jobs per capita than other Metro Counties. We see RICO violations, court adjudications proving racism (Stogner/Jones) and you wish the average reader to buyer into your inane 'kumbaya' moment. We chose not to, hence, now TWO new cities. In the future, we will need to guard against the issues new government MAY cause. But not today, today we get to choose. Why do you hate freedom of choice?
Oh so very weary... October 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Me too, HamBurger posted Max Davis and Becky Chase were his candidates. It is hard to post under different persona, repeatedly, over long periods, and not slip up. It almost takes a person who is able to control their clinical diagnoses. There was a guy from Tucker that did it really well....
Oh so very weary... October 17, 2012 at 05:01 PM
That 1/4 of the registered voters that made up the 55% is the MAJORITY. You ought not do math in public...
Let's Make Brookhaven Great October 17, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I have removed Sandy Murray from the list of candidates that might get my vote for Mayor. Its down to J. Max or Larry. Her answers in both forums and my research here and elsewhere have led to this decision. I apologize for not using my real name but I do not wish to be attacked by her supporters. Sandy has never successfully run a campaign or civic organization. I do not think Sandy listens well. Here are some of her posts from the Patch. Not very diplomatic or astute if you ask moi. http://brookhaven.patch.com/users/sandy-murray/comments "You seem to be ignorant of the fact that everyone filed their campaign reports after voting started. It started July 9!" "The current charter absolutely does NOT talk about any services. Read it for yourself. Nothing! No services at all. AND no budget either. "Trust me" those Yesers say! HA!" "What I meant by the city charter does not guarantee any of the services that the CVI studied. In fact it says nothing about the services the city will offer nor does it say anything about a budget. But oh goody! There's a big pile of money to play with!" Her inability to focus and follow through is also demonstrated by the fact that a day or two after the Primary Election she dropped out as the Democratic Nominee for State Representative to run for Mayor of Brookhaven. By qualifying as the Democratic candidate in this race she may have prevented another person from qualifying. Now Mike Jacobs has no opponent.
hmm October 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Notice all the NO posters are gone? Quick someone swing through Ash Park and see if ........ is finally away from the computer.
HamBurger October 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM
As I have stated previously, if all of the folks involved with for and against the new city had banded together with the active involvement of Rep. Mike Jacobs, Rep. Tom Taylor, and Sen. Fran Millar changes could have been made to DeKalb government or at a minimum we could have set up a special tax district for ourselves. A large, active movement like this would definitely garner attention of county officials. Instead, we have a new city that is very divided. Folks that are out and about in the area see this first hand. Insults only add to the divisiveness . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger October 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Folks, I am voting for J. Max Davis and Rebecca Chase Williams. I want you to have the leaders you deserve for your new city. Who else stands a chance in district #1? Besides, with all the scrutinization they will be receiving at city council meetings, they will surely boost my city hall concession business! Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger October 17, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Three quarters of the registered voters did not vote. Just hope they keep on sleeping and do not start attending city council meetings. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Just wondering October 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Hamburger, I have been away, but back now!! I find your comment very contradictory. You have stated you are voting for J Max. Don't be changing your tune now!! He has already counted your vote!!
Oh so very weary... October 17, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Not happening because they already know the outcome: "Rep. Mike Jacobs, Rep. Tom Taylor, and Sen. Fran Millar changes could have been made to DeKalb government or at a minimum we could have set up a special tax district for ourselves." These are politically savvy, smart, men whose reputations are impeccable - They reach across the aisle when they know a deal can be reached without a compromise to principal. Your idea is pure fallacy - It cannot be done, bank it.
Kiri Walton (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Hi, the three YouTube videos currently up were not created by a reporter. However, here is a nice little YouTube video created by Dan Whisenhunt that was initially attached to this article before the others were uploaded: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOiXqL8KSIM&feature=results_video
HamBurger October 18, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Fallacy??? If they can expend so much time, money and effort towards creating a new city, they could have done the same thing to make DeKalb the great county it once was. Unfortunately, they elected to continue fragmenting our area. Their self-serving political decisions will come back to haunt all of us. I am going to do like Eddie and make my Brookhaven properties Section 8. Please pass the yellow mustard!

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