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Murray Endorsed By Brookhaven's First Elected Official

Jim Eyre endorsed Sandy Murray in her bid to become Brookhaven's first mayor.


One day after he became Brookhaven's first elected official, Jim Eyre endorsed Sandy Murray in her mayoral runoff against J. Max Davis.

In an email sent to supporters on Wednesday that was forwarded to Patch, Eyre said, "We have to elect a mayor who will be willing to work with a diverse city council, one that will hold true to the virtues of honesty and openness and one that has no personal agenda. I believe that person is Sandy Murray."

Murray came in second in Tuesday's first-ever Brookhaven city elections, finishing with 36 percent of the vote, compared to Davis' 49 percent. Larry Danese and Thom Shepard came in third and fourth, respectively.

Both Eyre and Murray were opponents of Brookhaven cityhood during this year's contentious debate. Davis was the leader of BrookhavenYES, the organization which advocated the pro-municipalization movement.

On Tuesday, Eyre handily defeated another BrookhavenYES board member, Russell Mitchell, in the District 2 city council race, capturing 55 percent of the vote to become the new city's first elected official in history.

patrick November 08, 2012 at 10:46 PM
You are right Ashford Park DID NOT vote for Sandy, Even if it was stupid to vote for Jim,who as he has always done WILL NOT listen to those of us that wanted to have a voice in our city,270 voters are now without a voice.
patrick November 08, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Let us hope that the names John stated win, so that we can have four people that WILL listen to the voters.
patrick November 08, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Bill you are right, Jim WHO WILL NOT LISTEN to voters that voted against the same way that Sandy would do, Also attacks are done by the Sandy voters that post under made up names.
patrick November 08, 2012 at 11:05 PM
John, some of us in Ashford Park Percent wanted a voice in our city, Now Dist. 2 will not have one{if you overlook the member from dist will vote and work for only those things that he wants and will not listen to the rest of us},But with J Max Davis WE will have a voice.
Eddie E. November 08, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Phil, Suffice it to say there is a clear difference between individuals, living in the new city limits, having an acquaintance with a particular candidate and out-of-state, city services corporations with no direct connection to the municipality other than an interest in making it a customer (and by extension, making all of us liable for payment).
Brookhaven Maven November 09, 2012 at 12:09 AM
To Galt @ 2:08pm -- Quoting you --- "Please understand, there is no longer a "Yes" group. That battle was fought and won." You really don't get it, do you. Nearly half of the mudprint people who voted said NO to a new city. Do you think their minds have been changed because they lost that vote? I think not. Do you seriously think there is no longer a "Yes" faction? There certainly is. The battle is far from over. There are a lot of people who would like to see the city fail miserably --- and more than a few who would actively seek that outcome. -- The Maven
HamBurger November 09, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Well, I think everyone in this new city of Brookhaven should read this AJC article: http://tinyurl.com/ardyw4m Brookhaven Police requirements? What is the correct number? Not for me to decide. However, Dunwoody’s Chief Grogan’s plea for more officers is not a secret. Check out this information shared in June: TOD – Brookhaven Police Department http://tinyurl.com/72esjog “Take a few moments and read the recommendations for yourself. Then ponder what it really means in the context of Brookhaven.” http://tinyurl.com/7rjpykb There is a lot of data to absorb, but the information is very detailed and gives insight into the needs of a police department. Compare the demographics of Brookhaven and Dunwoody and you may conclude Brookhaven’s PD will have greater demands, thus greater budget requirements. Excuse me, my special hamburger is ready . . . Now please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger November 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Ms, BM, how insulting: “The battle is far from over. There are a lot of people who would like to see the city fail miserably --- and more than a few who would actively seek that outcome.” Folks are extremely concerned! Who are these folks? A variety of property owners with a vested interest in a successful city! Now that there is a city, folks want to insure that there are no improprieties between potential elected officials, prospective contractors, and sane, elected folks with no agenda to guide your new city as it moves forward towards its formation. Or, do you prefer “pay to play” city politics? Folks may be angry about a new city being foisted upon them, but really! Do property owners actually want the new city to fail? WTF??? Here . . . You need this special hamburger (with an embedded chill pill) and a Cheerwine!
Eddie E. November 09, 2012 at 02:52 AM
patrick, If you don't think you were being heard, maybe it was because you were not speaking. But after all this was an election, and the Calvin Giordano Candidate in our district lost in this phase. Let's hope the runoff sweeps away the rest of those candidates.
Brookhaven Maven November 09, 2012 at 03:07 AM
To BahHumBugger @ 9:12 (Part 1) -- I speak the truth. No need to get all riled up. Who would like to see the city fail? Several of my Sexton Woods neighbors would love to see Brookhaven fail, because they believe then they may be able to gain annexation into Chamblee. I know also of people who live in the Montgomery area who had no interest in being part of Dunwoody or Brookhaven. They were very vocal about that. They would have no problem reverting to unincorporated DeKalb County. I am certain there are other neighborhoods and pockets of residents throughout the mudprint who, given a choice, would be content to be left alone without this extra layer of government. I've met some of these folks at the various meetings during the run-up to citihood. You must realize there are a lot of disgruntled people in the mudprint. The thought that they are going to now be governed by the District 1 elitists is very disconcerting to them. In closing, it is not MY new city. I never wanted it, never asked for it, and don't care whether it fails or survives. My property value isn't going to change dramatically, if at all, just because my house now falls inside the Brookhaven mudprint. There is no cachet to the name the way there is with Buckhead or Inman Park or Druid Hills. -- The Maven
HamBurger November 09, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I wonder . . . Did Mr. J. D. Clockadale ever review Chief Grogan’s request? Interestingly, back in June one of his neighbors asked me this question . . . Anyone willing to admit what was the result and what they know? Well, living in district #1 I know Rep. Mike Jacobs will keep me safe. Hey! Hope he is not moving anytime soon! Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger November 09, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Ms. BM, well, your neighbors just need to get their minds right. This ain’t no time machine and things are moving forward. We have to put folks in office that are ethical and with no agenda for our best interest. This is not the time to vote someone in office because he goes to the same mega-church you go to or you guys are members of the same social fraternity. With regard to your other comments, we are in agreement or hold similar beliefs. Geographically, I am stuck. However, sounds like you are close enough to Chamblee that you might be able to get Ronnie Mayer to bring over one of his larger tow trucks and drag your property across the city limits! Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eddie E. November 09, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Maven, Agreed. And if people are chafed now, just wait until the real costs of our new fiasco start to be realized. The pre 2005 legislation made it difficult to wantonly incorporate any area where there was a broad and divergent population for very, very good reasons. A super-majority of the General Assembly and the affected population was required to ensure the will of the people was clearly reflected. Changing to allow such monumental changes by a simple majority of whoever shows up on whatever day a 'special' election was scheduled is guaranteed to eventually produce a situation where a vocal minority with pet issues accidentally holds sway over a large population before everyone gains a good grasp of the gravity of such a change. We may very well be the textbook example of just such a situation (and I would wager we will eventually have a couple of chapters in future Political Science textbooks).
Eddie E. November 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Burger, At least the 'Police commission' had the good sense to defer on the appropriate number of Officers. Unfortunately, the general consensus is to give full authority on such matters to the new Chief to determine the staffing level. This is seems to oddly reference Chief Grogan's concerns without directly mentioning it. Of course at $110k per Officer to hire and equip, one feels the number will be nudged to the smaller end of the spectrum to keep with the imaginary C4ND 'budget'.
Jack of Kings November 09, 2012 at 10:23 PM
And now a word from Sandy Murray, Candidate for Mayor of Brookhaven Sandy Murray 8:49 am on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 "Clearly the name Brookhaven doesn't resonate with the world as the title of the article suggests and in fact many in Historic Brookhaven (City of Atlanta) are quite resentful that the unincorporated area of DeKalb is "stealing" their neighborhood name. Since our current addresses are Atlanta, I would rather keep it that way. No City Brookhaven!" Thank you, Ms. Murray.
Wynn R. November 11, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Anyone care to comment on Mr. Eyre's buddy Ronny going after a city contract for towing? Is that not a conflict? His wife did donate over one thousand dollars to Jim's campaign. Get your friend elected so he can hand you a big fat contract. Sounds like more of the same for those two.
Jack of Kings November 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
One of the benefits of having local representation is to more "sunshine" when it comes to awarding contracts. We all want to have contracts that saves the taxpayers money and if a contract is not more economical for the City, they should not be awarded--PERIOD. That means whether the vendor has made a contribution to a mayoral or council member's campaign or not, the contract award must speak for itself without taking into consideration friendships and/or campaign contributions. One could say that anyone who made a campaign contribution or has a very public, long standing friendship (like Mr. Eyre and Mr. Ronnie Mayer) will be under increased inspection should they be awarded a contract. That is not to say that they should be disqualified from bidding in the first place--but the contract should be clearly better than any and all competing bids. Which brings me back to who has the most power in awarding contracts---it is the council members that have the power--not the mayor. I, for one, will be watching to see who gets the towing contract for the new City. Will it be Jim Ehre's friend? If so, why? And if three of the four council members vote that Mayer get that contract, the mayor has no say. Yet there are those that are concerned about the Mayor's ability to award contracts--and he cannot without a tie happening in the Council.
Jack of Kings November 11, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Mr. Mayer has been very active in the community and been very helpful. One could argue that Mayer Towing "deserved" to get the contract. I would think that if his contract bid was clearly better than any and all comers, he should get the contract. If his contract was identical to another towing company, it makes sense his community service should come into play. Just a few thoughts about who is casting stones and who may find they have more glass in their houses than they thought.
Mike Fellowes November 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
But he has a big, shiny red truck, why shouldn't he get the gig?
Brookhavens Big Daddy November 11, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Boys and girls I have sat here for a big glass of shut up for weeks now...#1... I do not want the contract and don't have any goverment or county contracts for reasons...I'm the largest private towing company this side of the Mississippi River...that is enough to hold up my ego for now....as for Sandy Murray she has NO voting power on ANYTHING unless it is a tie vote. For the group of the Kathy Coy fans ....funny how Russell Mitchell has not called Jim Eyre to congradulate him on his land slide win..... Neither has Kathy went through the two neighborhoods and clean up the TRASH of the old Russell Mitchell signs. I will shut up for now.
Booyah November 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I'm no fan of Ronnie Mayer, but if you start to disqualify legitimate business from the bidding process the city might not get the best contract. Legally donating money, or legally voicing support, should not disqualify you. If Jim Eyre has a connection to a bidder, maybe he should abstain from a vote. And that holds for all elected officials, not just Jim.
patrick November 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Please tell me how LESS then 800 votes{ for Jim I will not listen to those that voted against me} is a landslide,But a vote OVER 1000 votes { For the city, a vote that Sandy and Jim did not want to be held } is close. Please tell me about the new math..
Kathie " SOC" Coy November 11, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I'm not sure I understand why It's MY job to remove Russell Mitchell signs? I took down the ones I put up, that's all I'm responsible for. I don't work for Russell Mitchell.
Brookhaven4u November 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Patrick, You miss the point completely. You need to look at the %. Since only District 2 voted on District 2 council, the volume of votes is going to be much smaller than the mayor race. So there in lies the problem. We should probably change the city charter and remove district 2 residents from voting on the Mayor. They don't seem to get it. As District 2 Council, maybe we should still allow district 2 reps to build on their Council seat, but also give District 1 reps a proxy vote on District 2 Council? Also probably need to remove those apartment residents from voting. They don't understand, nor will they ever, the importance of leadership that District 1 provides for this entire city.
Booyah November 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I am disappointed that Jim Eyre was elected, but he only gets one year. If he proves me wrong, fine. If he turns out to be the mistake I believe him to be, then we will all be energized to 'throw the bum out'.
Brookhavens Big Daddy November 13, 2012 at 02:01 AM
To the Ashford park residents that have lived here for years remember the signs that I created that say...Ashford Park a Friendly Brookhaven Community. It was the Jim Eyre’s of the world that kept Ashford Park just that. Anytime anyone would like to come and sit down at the park with me I will tell you what happened when we were approached by Mike Jacobs and his band of thugs that told us it was going to be forced on us. This almost new city called: Jacobs Haven. We were told just like the group at D,E,K,A...(they went to Chamblee instead) what they were going to do and if we did not like it they would go around us. All we were trying to do was to protect the interest of our community that we and so many others had worked for years in our community of Ashford Park. Anytime you think your property value goes up in Ashford Park just because you live here.. you are wrong. It is your foot soldiers in your neighborhood who help keep your values up whether the moms at the school or the dads that are having the clean up at the school yard or the Ronnie Mayer and Jim Eyre going to hundreds of DeKalb county meetings. We all do it for the love of our Community. Let's play nice...please.
Brookhaven will fail November 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I live in Ashford Park. I was against the city. I voted for Jim Eyre and Sandy Murray. District two is the blue in a sea of red. All the yes folks wanted the city and now you are going to have to deal with those of us that were against it. No going back now. Funny that the only clear elected official was against the city. I'm going to vote for Sandy. I hope she wins. Oh, and my house is under contract and will be sold just after the election. Buh-bye.
Let's Make Brookhaven Great November 13, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Typical of the mindset of many voting for Sandy Murray. If you would like to see the City fail vote for Sandy Murray. Obviously having ones home sold and moving out of the area makes it fiscally more viable to be spiteful.
patrick November 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM
No that is not, for jim WAs against the city{will not listen to those who did not vote for him}, But it would be for J Max Davis since he was For our city,and for allowing us to vote on it .
patrick November 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Thank you for reminding those of us in Ashford Park Percent,that Did not for him,will have to wait until we can have a voice in Dist.2

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