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UPDATED- Murray: I Voted 'No' to Cityhood, but 100% Behind It Now

Mayoral candidate behind the city 100 percent.

One mayoral candidate admits that she voted “no” for Brookhaven cityhood during the July 31 election. She is not saying that she’s changed her mind, but Sandy Murray is explaining the reason for her vote.

“I wasn’t against making a city,” Murray told Brookhaven Patch. “I was against the rush to make a decision.”

Murray said she wanted more of a chance to “study and understand what we were getting into.”

Some Brookhaven Patch readers have commented on Murray’s “no” vote:

Stan commented on Aug. 15: Sandy Murray worked hard to keep the incorporation referendum from ever being placed on the ballot, then she worked hard to oppose the creation of our City. She also said she wanted to represent our community as State Representative. I find this latest move to be more than a bit confusing and certainly has the appearance of being disingenuous. Maybe Ms Murray can tell us what she really wants.

Murray wants to make sure those residents who question whether she'll be effective because she voted "no" understand that she fully supports the city now.

“I’m 100 percent for our city and our community,” Murray said. “I will work very hard to be mayor of our new city.”

What other mayoral candidates had to say:

J. Max Davis told Brookhaven Patch on Wednesday, "I just think people need to consider that carefully when they go in the voters’ booths. What are the motivations? What drives the people running for office? Where is their heart? I do think there is a big difference between a citizen who voted against the city and someone who opposed our right to vote on it and opposed the idea of a city all together and put in their energy to defeat the city.”

Larry Danese said "Certainly they (citizens who initially opposed cityhood) can run. I'm not sure if there's an integrity issue there."

Brookhaven's mayor should be "a person who can bring some integrity to the creation of the city. I would not be the one to say Sandy Murray is without that...I think that people other than Brookhaven YES should be allowed to run." He said citizens who were not engaged in the Brookhaven YES campaign could still contribute experience and expertise.

Editor's Note: The comments added from other mayoral candidates were given to Brookhaven Patch last week, before this story was written and published.

Does the way Murray voted on cityhood affect how you'll vote? What do you think about someone who initially voted "no" to cityhood running to be the new city's mayor? Tell us below in the comments.

Political Gadfly October 22, 2012 at 10:24 PM
"Humble servants", now that's a laugh. A better word for Sandy Murray is the mother of Obstructionism, which is the practice of deliberately delaying or preventing a process or change, especially in politics. If this Vote No.org "heroine" wins the mayor's office the first thing she will try to do is to delay or totally dismiss the notion that Brookhaven needs it own police department and who knows what else. I have a neighbor who voted Yes for the city of Brookhaven because he felt that his young family would be safer if Brookhaven has it's own police department, who would know all the neighborhoods in the city after a few months of patrolling it. Why would anyone who wanted a new city ever vote for Sandy Murray ? Same goes for the Vote No.org people who are running for the city council. I think that the Vote No.org people who are still opposed to the city of Brookhaven, even though it's a fact, could be called iconoclasts, a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition. Based on some of the Brookhaven Patch's regular ranters err posters, supersititon of things new and unknown seems to run deep with them. You know who you are.
Eddie E. October 22, 2012 at 11:02 PM
pg, How did we ever make it in the County over the last several decades without those who suddenly (and irrevocably) know what is BEST for all of us. How dare we question the intrinsic wisdom of those who so cleverly hide behind a screen name? And yes, given the opportunity I would vote regularly to set aside the referendum foisted on us by 3 precincts.
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite October 23, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Dear Miss FreddieK: Everyone already knows that your cash is tainted by the special dye the bank placed on it while you were stealing it! Sorry sweetheart, NO JOB FOR YOU!!!
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite October 23, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Dear TTT: Who made you the arbiter of what substantiates a beneficial vs. useless comment? From your voluminous posts & alters it doesn't appear that you're qualified to do so! Syruply, Ms. Millendorf
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite October 23, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Dear Edvard: I totally agree my darling! One must always question sources. For example, the Sierra Club... and it's state's political director! It's not nice to be so underhanded... what's good for the goose as they say... Fondly from an American Car Customer, Ms. Millendorf
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite October 23, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Dear Brookhaveners: Ms. Murray has attempted to run for political office since she lost her high school cheerleader competition! She has NEVER prevailed in any election! But the dame keeps running to ensure that her record of political failure remains at 100%. She seems content to play in the loser pool. Frankly, why is it that the NO crowd is supporting her? Seems there must be some money changing hands in that crowd! What a bunch of hypocrites. Laughingly, Ms. Millendorf
Eddie E. October 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM
pms, I suggest you make your point or slink away. As for me, nothing inappropriate is occurring nor has occurred, so there is nothing to discuss. But hey, I'm not hiding behind a bogus screen name either.
Chris October 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
PG, seems you misread my post. I was arguing to vote against Sandy and for those that fought hard to make Brookhaven happen. Who more has a vested interests in our success than those who worked so hard to make us a city. I support JMax, Russell and Rebecca or those who fought hard to destroy this vision.
Randy Rivers October 23, 2012 at 06:31 PM
So Thom essentially you are an election spoiler. If you are a candidate, but not actually involved in the public process, ie debates, forums, etc. you are kinda sorta running. Which means that you can get some votes and designate them via an endorsement, in a run-off, which is an almost certain eventuality. What is it that you want?
No City Sandy October 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Sandy Murray guilty of ethics laws violations....no comments at all from the crew? I guess y'all can turn off your conscience at will.
Eddie E. October 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Amazing what passes from the forced city crowd as the real stretch to compound the notion of 'ethics violation' with a filing fee. You might want to consult Senator balfour on that.
Just wondering October 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Eddie, where is your screaming for transparency? Did you give Sandy a stern lecture about filing her reports? Hypocrisy it's best. We understand you liberals, those rules only apply to the other people!!
Tim Alborg October 24, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Sir, Sandy's financial disclosure report has been online at the State Ethics Commission website since before J. Max decided to run for Mayor: http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Search/Financial/Financial_Details.aspx?FilerID=F2009003399 This entire affair is a red herring intended to distract voters from the real issue here -- J. Max Davis has taken tens of thousands of dollars from potential city vendors and lobbyists who are looking to profit from the taxpayers of Brookhaven.
TomMiller October 24, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I went thru the list myself and found $2350. I want to see how you got totens of thousands. I call bullsh*t
Political Gadfly October 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Tim Alborg blah blah blah J.Max Davis is a bad boy. Get serious Timmy.
Tim Alborg October 24, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Tom, glad to oblige: http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Search/Campaign/Campaign_ByContributions_RFR.aspx?NameID=18022&FilerID=C2012002379&CDRID=70024&Name=Davis,%20J%20Max&Year=2012&Report=15%20Days%20Before%20Special%20Election%20-%2011/06/2012 http://media.ethics.ga.gov/search/Campaign/Campaign_ByContributions_RFR.aspx?NameID=15054&FilerID=NC2012000003&CDRID=67473&Name=Brookhaven%20Yes,%20Inc.&Year=2012&Report=15%20days%20Before%20Date%20of%20ElectionCounty,%20or%20Municipal%20Ballot%20Question
Political Gadfly October 24, 2012 at 02:33 AM
"UPDATED- Murray: I Voted 'No' to Cityhood, but 100% Behind It Now" This seems to have all the sincerity of the guy who says to a young lady he's just picked up in a bar: I'll respect you in the morning. Sandy Murray, I'm afraid that you have no respect for the many Brookhaven Yes volunteers who spent thousands of hours fighting the negativity and sign stealing tactics of the Vote No.org group. obstruct
Political Gadfly October 24, 2012 at 02:35 AM
typo alert : forget about obstruct. tyvm
Jack of Kings October 24, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Tim-- as Ms. Murray's campaign manager--are you prepared to assure the voters of Brookhaven that your candidate's disclosure report of political contributors reveals NO POSSIBLE future vendor for the City of Brookhaven. No law firm involved in zoning? Not one vendor/contributor? Thanks in advance for your reply.
HamBurger October 24, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Brookhaven Yes, Inc. Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc., 1800 Eller Drive, Suite 600, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 $5,000.00 Mr. Russell Mitchell worked for them at Dunwoody, right? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Jack of Kings October 24, 2012 at 03:18 AM
HamBurger--how is your campaign going? Momentum shifting?
HamBurger October 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Mr. Phil, apparently, you are an extraordinarily egocentrically narcissistic individual with no concern for others . . . Here . . . Let me get you another special hamburger and a Cheerwine . . .
Grieg Ericsson October 24, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Phil Please unbutton the top button of those tight white shorts. They're cutting off the circulation to your Mikey.
Thom Shepard October 24, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Dear Hamburger, Actually it was two contributions for $5000 for a total of $10,000. Get the mustard yourself :-)
Grieg Ericsson October 24, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Thom, I love you man
Thom Shepard October 24, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Eddie, I do not recall seeing anything, with respect to what I was referring to above, in the paper you are suggesting, that was incorrect. Randy, You are incorrect in your statement above. While I had not had time to mount a public campaign in the way I would have liked, due to an investment in time participating in Governors Commission meetings, as of Monday I was confident enough in the work they have accomplished with respect to the RFP's, and the implementation model they chose to follow, that I did rather publicly re-start my public campaign and participated with enthusiasm in the third Mayoral debate at Brookhaven UMC. Thank you again to our host Pastor Sara Webb Phillips and our moderator Esther Graff-Radford. Further I have been extremely involved in the public process and I expect I know more about the very important work of the Governors Commission Committees, down to the nuts and bolts level, than any of the other candidates. While I have admittedly not mounted the best public campaign, I can confidently say at this time that I am the best candidate for Mayor for the future City of Brookhaven.
Thom Shepard October 24, 2012 at 07:33 AM
FYI I posted a few other references under another article about the Governor's Commission RFP's: 1:52 pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 http://brookhaven.patch.com//articles/brookhaven-commission-nearly-finished-with-rfps
patrick October 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Let us all hope that this is her number 4 race that she loses in just two years.
patrick October 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Amen, you just left off Jim in the second is also a fitting for that Henry stated
patrick October 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Look at who mailed it.

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