Qualifying For Brookhaven Mayor, City Council Races Begin Next Week

Qualifying fees for mayor are $480 and $360 for city council.

Want to run to become Brookhaven's first mayor? How about one of the city's inaugural set of city councilors?

If you're interested, you can officially launch your candidacy next week.

Qualifying for the new city's first set of elections will run from 9 am on Monday, August 13, through 4:30 pm on Wednesday, August 15.

The qualifying fees for the mayoral election is $480, while candidates for Brookhaven's four city council seats must pay $360 to make the race.

Candidates must file notice at the DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, in Decatur.

Brookhaven's first mayor will serve a term through 2015. Council members from districts 1 and 3 will serve through 2015, while city councilors from districts 2 and 4 will serve through 2013.

The city officially assumes operations at 12:10 am on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.

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"E Pluribus Unum" August 07, 2012 at 05:31 PM
OK...a few comments. Smedrik of the Lowerlands, there is nothing wrong or not having one's head in the game if "prolific and politically left-of center." The reference and use of "Son" hit me wrong. I am not sure of the context or intent of use, but hopefully it was not done in a demeaning, controlling or ownership way. BTW, you have many good observations. An area that I do disagree with is the one about No automatically accepting what has happened, and if not are considered obstructionist. Please see my comments to you in the other blog about this. Eric...what is not to like about HamBurger? He has been knowledgeable, witty, polite, and knows hamburgers! Phil, your comments regarding code enforcements (retaliatory?) and opposers not having a right to win after running, are disturbing. Also, why such an attack mode with Eddie E ? I don't get it.
Dr. Jeff August 07, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Terrell: It's understandable that Phil's comment might be misunderstood. Upon reading it, anyone who wants to run for office has a right to do so including completing paperwork and paying the appropriate fee. As for a right to win... In any election there is never a right to win. To win an election is a privilege granted by the voting public. Sometimes we confuse the term right based on its context.
Smedrik of the Lowerlands August 07, 2012 at 05:57 PM
EPU, "Son," meant as the typical Southern fashion. My "son" comment was uncalled for and you are correct, ~handshake~ Substitute, 'bubba,' or 'pal,' or preferably 'neighbor.' One logically has to accept that a lawful vote happened and that a City referendum passed. Whether acceptance is automatic, gradual, or never, WE ARE BROOKHAVEN! "Obstructionist,' is a ten-penny word, substitute 'questioning citizen,' or 'skeptical observer,' preferably 'actively involved with eyes-wide-open' neighbor. As to the entity known as HamBurger, he/she/it has repeated violated Patch Terms of Service, and has portrayed herself/himself as an apparatchik of DeKalb County, and is a political operative, we know how THOSE people are ~winking~. I hope he/she/it gets involved in a positive and credible manner, but I doubt that will be possible. Too much Cheerwine into the breach, as they say.
Thomas T Telford August 07, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Jack of Kings August 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I am thinking more alon gthe lines of residential (apratments) and commercial areas that may have fallen behind in maintaining properties. The residential is nto a real concern of mine nor most people unless what the public can see is really over the top on not being maintained. As for inside? I do not care because I do not see it.
HamBurger August 07, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Mr. Phil, apartments are residential. The inside is where it code violations are. Inspect every apartment and single family residence in the city and start on the north side and work down. Mr. inspector, would you like a special hamburger?
Eddie E. August 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I'm probably more worried about residential properties. After the nightmares I saw being constructed during the infill madness, it won't be long until they begin to sag, sink and crumble. Then, of course there are commercial properties, but the owners already know who's pockets to line. As I said, 'meet the new boss, same as the old boss'.
Smedrik of the Lowerlands August 07, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Take your time on that, Scoop...
Eric H August 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Just make sure we are doing Code Enforcement to work with property owners not to threaten them or beat them. As I've posted before Dunwoody's program seems to have worked and thus we should look at this a model. http://www.thecrier.net/news/article_efaa15dc-d5a6-11e1-a130-001a4bcf887a.html Dunwoody’s code compliance official, Tom La Penna, said at first, inspection teams were met with fear and suspicion, with a few apartment owners even accusing Dunwoody of “being out of control.” But La Penna said after they saw that the inspection teams work with the maintenance staff, provide a detailed report, complete with data and pictures, and then meet with apartment management to map out a plan of action, attitudes changed. “They consider us as partners,” said La Penna. “The quality of life has gone up for residents. Now we always get a big smile when we are out there.” Dunwoody gives the apartments six months to come into compliance. Dunwoody inspector Chris Lee noted, “We’ve have outstanding compliance. We haven’t issued citations except for one complex.”
HDM August 07, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Exactly the opposite Eddie, Brookhaven will have likely lower property taxes than Uninc. DeKalb in 2013, or soon thereafter.
Eddie E. August 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Dean, Whatever. Since you insist on demeaning the Democrats I can only look at the 'overwhelming success' wrought upon our state by that other party since 2003. Is the problem that you guys rely on 'newspeak' to get your point across?
Smedrik of the Lowerlands August 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Eric - Excellent link! Zoning is the mid term key to changing positively Brookhaven property values and public safety. Since a few of y'all are longtime 'Havenites recall the tenements along Briarcliff were once decent, except for the nameless horror on Buford Highway and Briarcliff that was always a slumlords dream. Hallmark, and a Tempo Continental were nice enough for college professors to call home. Those days are gone, but the properties are valuable for re-development, when the market is ready to support. If Brookhaven enacts tough code requiring a higher construction grade, it will cost more to build - Connect the dots, who might oppose that concept? What happened? The owners were allowed to slip into non-compliance. The Code is there, the Dekalb authorities could enforce it, but that is nearly impossible given EVEN WORSE violations exist elsewhere. Rundown apartments have terrified, yet law abiding residents, those folks deserve better and so do their kids.. This is not, and will never be against the residents, they want a safe, clean, residences, nothing more. This will always be about the capacity to administer uniform code enforcement, a responsibility that DeKalb is no longer required to do. This is good for DeKalb, they can devote limited resources to larger problem areas. As to all the nonsense about coming down on Meshville or anything like it, well I think that is deplorable, mean-spirited political rhetoric.
HamBurger August 07, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Technology allows for a lot of flexibility now days. Regarding your deleted post, I shoot skeet with a scoped 22. Instead of clays, I prefer the challenge of little white balls flying down the fairway at varying elevations and speeds. LOL, I love the 1:23 mark . . . LOL! http://tinyurl.com/8fw9v4e May I have another Cheerwine?
Jack of Kings August 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
EPU...I surmise that my comment on code enforcement is a hot button because there had been some conjecturing that some opponents COULD fall under new code enforcement initiatives of a new City, whereas a comfortable relationship with Dekalb County had existed. It would be wrong to treat anyone differently on code enforcement throughout the Brookhaven footprint based on their supposed support of lack therof of a new city. But, with change, there will be changes in focus and scrutiny in code enforcement that may have benefited landlords in the past. Buford Highway, for example, is probably not a pargon example of code enforcement under Dekalb County. And, again, I apologize for my "right to win" comment. The point I am making is that ANYONE can run. But there will be only one winner per position. I am afraid that the constant blame/conspiracy game being played here will extend to the possible defeat of a candidate that may have opposed the City. The defeat will be, IMO, blamed on the "powers that be" from BrookhavenYES, and not because of the decisions of iindividual voters. As for Eddie E.? This is not an attack mode. I am merely suggesting that someone who HATES this new city so bad and believes it will not work--coupled with his proclamation that he will not get involved through a committee--only through posts--might be a good, ethical position to take because he is so publicly against the City even succeeding.
Eddie E. August 07, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Phil, I think I will be quite busy exposing fault, folly and hypocrisy. So far the environment has been quite target rich.
patrick August 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I hope all Thinking people will read what you said.
HamBurger August 07, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Mr. Roger, your continued placement of words in the mouths of others is tiresome and unsanitary. If I were you I would concentrate on making your new city live up to all of the expectations presented by Brookhaven Yes and at the low tax demand promised. And, let the “NO” folks assist in this endeavor, but know full well that they will be moderating unrealistic directions that others may want to pursue for cityhood. It is a city, not a kingdom and citizens have to participate, not dictate. To be successful, those that sat back and complained about DeKalb County will now have to involve themselves with their new city to insure its success. Your continued chastising of the “NO” folks detracts from the success of your new city. http://tinyurl.com/bendover1234 My special hamburgers are made from the best lean cuts with just the right amount of fat and the best thin sliced onions and pickles topped off with yellow mustard for a flavorful dining experience. If you are unable to dine in moderation, well, maybe you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeff C.
HamBurger August 08, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Mr. Roger, clearly, you are not much of a charcutier . . . However, you are frau-frau enough to attract the taste buds of Mr. Eric . . . Please pass the yellow onions!
Smedrik of the Lowerlands August 08, 2012 at 01:52 AM
"J. Max Davis, the leader of the pro-city advocacy group Brookhaven YES, has announced he will run for mayor of the new city of Brookhaven." By Melissa Weinman on August 7, 2012. Scooped by: http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/08/07/j-max-davis-announces-bid-to-be-brookhavens-first-mayor/#respond
HamBurger August 08, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Mr. Roger, once again you are clearly not schooled in the art of charcuterie and rely on insults and innuendo to give substance to your points. The art of charcuterie has evolved beyond the mistaken belief that charcuterie can only involve pork. But, if you knew what you were talking about, you would know that. By the way, have you stopped by to welcome your new mosque in your new city? A few weeks back, I brought its construction to the attention of Mr. Tim, but he chose not to do a story on it. Eight days ago, while making rounds monitoring Brookhaven Yes folks removing No City signs, I passed by their new mosque and observed about thirty men facing east in prayer at approximately 11:30 PM. A very interesting sight indeed. Regardless, it is hard to beat my special hamburger!
don Gabacho August 08, 2012 at 02:07 AM
"If so, I applaud you on your ethics to not get involved." ---Phil If you even knew what "ethics" were, you'd not be "involved" or supporting anything stemming from a state representative who also sat on a "citizens committee."
don Gabacho August 08, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Just make sure we are doing Code Enforcement to work with property owners not to threaten them or beat them. As I've posted before Dunwoody's program..."---Eric Was Dunwoody proposed by Mike Jacobs or, similarly, a state representative sitting on a purportedly "citizens committee"? Did Dunwoody have an equivilent of Phil? A Pub 71? We're not in Dunwoody.
don Gabacho August 08, 2012 at 02:31 AM
"That is what I meant." ---Phil We know what you meant. Even in your doing.
don Gabacho August 08, 2012 at 02:36 AM
"Phil's comment might be misunderstood." Dr. Jeff Phil's comment was understood. Brookhaven Yes had a right to win and Brookhaven No did not.
Jack of Kings August 08, 2012 at 03:09 AM
don G--I will speak for myself, thank you very much. And when I make a mistake in communicating, I will apologize and clarify. In other words, speak for yourself.
Eric H August 08, 2012 at 03:56 AM
" However, you are frau-frau enough to attract the taste buds of Mr. Eric" What the heck do I have to do with this discussion of butcher shops? And what's so interesting about a mosque and people praying?.
don Gabacho August 08, 2012 at 05:29 AM
"In other words, speak for yourself."---Phil As, of course, you never speak for others. Meanwhile, I'm taking a survey of who will not vote for me if I run for Mayor. Query: Can a canidate's knowing how to run a city be the best reason not to vote for the candidate? Yes or No?
Dr. Jeff August 08, 2012 at 08:18 AM
Phil... I understood your content & context of your former statements. The goal of any election is to present opportunities & issues to registered voters and the candidates who campaign for an elected office. Therefore, our recent election for cityhood did not guarantee nor convey the right to either the YES or NO to win. The voters made the decision. And, the voters will make the decisions for the Nov elections.
C. O'Keefe August 09, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Does anyone have information to impart about overlay districts? It seems to me that's an important tool for any area of the new city concerned about zoning. I know nothing about them except that they exist.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Smedrik of the Lowerlands and Phil, thank you each for your clarifications.


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