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No Rebuttals in Brookhaven's First Mayoral Forum

Brookhaven's very first mayoral candidate forum went out without a hitch last night.

Brookhaven's first ever mayoral debate concluded on Wednesday night before 9 p.m. without a single rebuttal.

The forum, hosted by the Ashford Park Civic Association and the Drew Valley Civic Association, took place at Ashford Park Elementary at 7 p.m. Wednesday. About 70 people attended the event and about a dozen of them asked questions of the candidates.

The three candidates– Larry Danese, J. Max Davis and Sandy Murray–were permitted to offer a rebuttal if another candidate mentioned them by name during a response to any question.

However, that never happened and in fact, the candidates often found points on which to agree.

"I thought it went really well," said Erica Mymudes, treasurer for the APCA. "I was happy there were no personal attacks. I'm very excited to be a part of it."

Attached are the closing statements from each of the mayoral candidates. Brookhaven Patch will continue to bring you updates about the forum throughout the day.

See also:

  • Brookhaven Mayoral Candidate Thom Shepard Withdraws
Allison S. October 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
J.Max also had a very cute family. I know that really doesn't matter but I wondered why the other 2 didn't introduce theirs or their spouses. My 3 cents.
Kestrel Larson October 04, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Allison, J Max has already been speaking on yours and all of our behalf(s) without us knowing about it and without us having any input. His apparent lack of character and transparency in this regard is a huge concern for me. We already experienced a closed door cityhood movement. We do not need more of this type of closed door "leadership".
Allison S. October 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Wow. Sounds like it is personal. He did say if he was mayor his office wouldn't have a door so hopefully it won't be like you say. Not trying to get involved in a political fight here, just wanted to give my 2 or 3 cents.
Kestrel Larson October 04, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Not a fight at all. Just facts and an opinion. Who cares about the Mayor's office door. There are plenty of other rooms that will have one.
Maggie Anderson October 04, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Thanks to APCA and DVCA for hosting this. Very helpful to watch the tape and see how well each candidate speaks, because this is a BIG part of being a mayor. With no disrespect to the other two candidates, Sandy Murray was clearly head and shoulders above the other two. I believe she owned a successful technology business with a number of employees, so seems like she would come in knowing how to manage people as well.
Kim Klinger October 05, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I appreciate the the debate process, obviously, an unbiased way to understand the candidates bio, platform and to make your personal character assessment. The first debate was informative and looking forward to the next one. I have a favorable feeling about Sandy Murray. My opinion about building of our city government is to use the formula Sandy Springs did and use that model for Brookhaven to grow business, create safe neighborhoods and have an open door policy to the mayor's office. Kim Klinger
TomMiller October 05, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I'm not siding with Kestrel, but want to know a couple of things: Has Max ever said in public that he won't attend - as a candidate - any more closed meetings like the one held in Dwoody? For me his biggest - ummm ... LIE? was saying post election that he had never given a thought to running for mayor. For me - that was one thing out of all the things discussed knew would happen as a certainty. So why lie about it? If you'd lie about that what else would you lie about? he lost me.
Lucie KS October 05, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Sandy Murray was completely opposed to the city. She was a leader in the no city campaign. She didn't like the Sandy Springs model or Dunwoody's etc. just a few short weeks ago. She supports the Dekalb county model. Did she have a sudden change of heart on August 15th? She is totally philosophically opposed to the model for Brookhaven and thinks she can fool everybody into believing she is a fiscal conservative. Not a chance when she supports those tax raisers Kathie Gannon and Burrell Ellis. Successful technology company? She trained people how to use outlook for a few months. Please! Wait until people start asking questions about her numerous failed businesses she keeps touting. Under her leadership the Ashford Alliance is no longer functioning. She has zero leadership skills. Goodness!
Booyah October 05, 2012 at 09:15 PM
She owned a business, not necessarily successful.
Sparrow Cutlet October 05, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I was disappointed that she dropped out from running against Mike Jacobs to run for Mayor of Brookhaven because she may have prevented another person from qualifying in that race. Also looking at her comments on the Patch is worrisome. 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!
HamBurger October 06, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Ms. Joe, a very confusing post. Care to revise it so it can be understood? Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger October 06, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Mr. Tom, just observing J. Max as he interacts with folks, he appears to want to be everything to everyone. His position is untenable considering how divided voters are in this new city. Yet this is the man that will be running his new city. We will get what we deserve. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Jennifer him October 06, 2012 at 01:51 AM
The charter does specifically allow for outsourcing to the private sector. No city Sandy was adamantly opposed to that. She really has no business leading a city of 50,000 that she was vehemently opposed to a few weeks ago.
Jennifer him October 06, 2012 at 01:55 AM
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!
Jack of Kings October 06, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Seems to me that everyone here should consider burdening the only Mayoral candidate that openly pushed the City of Brookhaven and made assertions of how good a City would be with being Mayor. J. Max Davis has the highest motivation to prove everyone wrong who thinks the City will be a fiasco. He has the most to lose in credibility and, dare I say it, pride, if the City disappoints the residents. What do the other candidates have at risk? Absolutely nothing because they either had no stand on the City ,or a public stand against the City. If the City has problems--what would Sandy Murray say?--, "I told you this was a bad idea." Just my opinion and worth what I charged....nothing.
Just wondering October 06, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I believe "transparent" Sandy, Thom and her buddy Larry were at the same "closed" meeting? Maybe they are part of your crazy conspiracy theory too? Just say the truth that you didn't vote for the city and so no matter wat you are going to vote for someone other than J Max because he worked for the City.
HamBurger October 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Mr. Just Wondering, I am voting for J. Max Davis and Rebecca Chase Williams so that we can have leaders of this new city that will give us what we deserve. Mayor, would you like some more yellow mustard with that chili?
HamBurger October 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Mr. Phil, I am voting for J. Max Davis and Rebecca Chase Williams so that we can have leaders of this new city that will give us what we deserve. Mayor, would you like some more yellow mustard with that chili?
Brookhaven Maven October 07, 2012 at 12:49 AM
To Maggie Anderson @ 12:54, Lucie KS @ 4:03 and others --- Regarding Sandy Murray and her business experience: Briefly being a franchisee for a kids' art instruction company called Abrakadoodle does not qualify Ms. Murray to run a (potentially) 30 million dollar city. Being an owner of a computer instruction company (Computer Essentials / Business Computer Essentials) in the early 1980's certainly doesn't add much to her track record. Being a Kaplan SAT tutor certainly doesn't do much for her skillset to be the first mayor of the city. We deserve better! -- The Maven
Brookhaven Maven October 07, 2012 at 01:37 AM
To Lucie KS @ 4:03 -- You are so spot on with your comment about the Ashford Alliance under Ms. Murray's so-called "leadership." That was once a great organization, but with her as president, it became irrelevant and often at odds with the community it purportedly represented. If Ms. Murray cannot even run a community group, why is it thought she can run a small city? I and my neighbors in what was unincorporated Sexton Woods prior to being sucked into this city mess are not at all pleased with the way Ms. Murray conducted herself in her tenure with the Ashford Alliance. She is clueless about so many things. -- The Maven
Just wondering October 07, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I have heard your phony lines before many times, about who you will vote for Why don't you address the issue, were all candidates there and on the take or not? I have yet to hear of any candidates who left the Dunwody meeting. So they are all on the take according to your perverted mind set.
HamBurger October 07, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Ms. Just Wondering, I am voting for J. Max Davis and Rebecca Chase Williams so that we can have leaders of this new city that will give us what we deserve. Mayor, would you like some more yellow mustard with that chili?
Road Scholar October 07, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Historic Brookhaven upset about using their name? But we are "unpretentious" Brookhaven! Get over it!
Brokenhaven October 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
UNPRETENTIOUS! Are you kidding me. The 10% of the population that successfully hijacked this whole cityhood ordeal an d now gloats about it are the most arrogant people I've heard of. Can't wait to see how this Utopian village turns out with all these new politicians To join all the others allready there. Jmax and J mike aren't doing this for their health, wait a minute yes they their personal hea 'll th and fortune. Wonder how friends of J max and J mike get contracts to do business in Edenhaven. The cliff is just over the hill.
Michael Cobbs October 20, 2012 at 08:16 AM
If the consumer is working from innacurate information I would rebutt that information and I don't think that would conflict with the idea of consumer choice. Would you? http://wallinside.com/inside.php?ewall=sales-rebuttals-review

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