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Sandy Murray Joins Brookhaven Mayoral Race

More candidates entered the contests for Brookhaven's first-ever city elections.


Brookhaven's first-ever mayoral election now has two candidates.

Sandy Murray qualified on the last day of Brookhaven's qualification period and joins J. Max Davis on the ballot for mayor.

Murray, who has experience as the president of the Ashford Alliance Council, Rotary Club of Midtown Atlanta and Women Business Owners of Atlanta, started a business called Computer Essentials in the 1980s to help train people and develop software in the relative infancy of PCs.

She also started Abrakadoodle, which teaches art to preschool and elementary-aged children, in 2003. She has lived in the Brookhaven area since 2003 and recently was running for state representative in District 80, as seen on her website.

The race for District 3 of City Council also has another candidate, Deborah Anthony.

Francis R. Reedy joins those seeking the District 4 seat on City Council.

A total of 17 people qualified for Brookhaven's elections, to be held on Nov. 6.

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List Of Candidates Who Have Qualified:

Mayor of Brookhaven (term ends 2015): J. Max Davis, Sandy Murray

City Council, District 1 (term ends 2015): J.D. Clockadale, Alan Cole, Kevin D. Fitzpatrick, Jr.,  Rebecca Chase Williams

City Council, District 2 (term ends 2013): Larry Hurst, Russell Mitchell

City Council, District 3 (term ends 2015): Deborah Anthony, Hope Bawcom, Julia Russo, Bates Mattison, Ben Podgor, Erik Steavens

City Council, District 4 (term ends 2013): Joe Gebbia, Francis R. Reedy, Kerry Witt

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don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 02:43 AM
"We voted to incorporate Brookhaven based on a model of outsourcing all employees except public safety."---Stan Well. You had it backwards and still do. We have no interest in employees being outsourced to Dunwoody, Chamblee, Sandy Springs, etc. while this goverance must not get its own enforcers too. Pub 71 should be up for outsourcing though. "Any candidate running for office needs to buy into that model."---Stan Yet another demand for gleichschaltung.
HamBurger August 16, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Mr. Stan, all of what you have said is nothing but a thing . . . Where is the Vinson Study, HB 636, and the Governors Commission tied together for official observation and implementation by the newly elected officials? You have known all along that none of this has anything to do with the final outlook of your new city! WTF are you now complaining about? If you wanted all of Brookhaven Yes’s desires incorporated into the new city, just why did not Rep. Mike Jacobs tie them all together? Pass the yellow mustard!
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 02:55 AM
"I lived in Belgium when the Berlin wall fell. The only thing dividing us..."---Roger That So what? Roge, Belgium is not in Germany. "Two houses slapped together can not stand."---Abraham Adams
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 03:11 AM
"Because the majority of the creators of the vision hail from the North...will have an adverse effect on those in the Southern half of the new city."---Bill Lowe "You can scramble a single, double-yolked egg and it will still be scrambled eggs."---John Quincy Jefferson I'll have mine sunny-side-up thank you. Please pass the Gulden's.
Eddie E. August 16, 2012 at 03:20 AM
don G I will get the particulars tomorrow. Mikey has angered so many people in the past, it is not unusual that they would be ready to step forward today to right a terrible injustice.
Eddie E. August 16, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Dean, What a sick and demented hostility you seem to have against your Democrat neighbors. Remember, the polls still work south of Peachtree, and they never vote for republicans.
Eddie E. August 16, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Eric, I never said it was possible, I am just repeating what was SOLD. From the first meeting little mike had at the Methodist Church, the hot sell was 'lower taxes'. It was SOLD to a group who values lower taxes over the next breath. And they have been SOLD a bag of air. No lower taxes here. What other of the big four lies will be next?
Eddie E. August 16, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Dean, There's that pathetic hostility against Democrats again. Are you that angry that President Obama will win re-election handily?
Eddie E. August 16, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Stan, So will we all be expected to rise and salute to DEVO's 'Corporate Anthem' every morning? The initial stirrings of what a terrible idea it really is to have the entire northern Fulton, Dekalb and Southwestern Gwinnett population dependent on a for-profit, parasitic entity. Once they are all fully aware, I doubt the response will be quite what you expected.
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
"Where you gonna put that cigar, Amanda?"---Roger That "Two tortillas makes for one sloppy burrito." ---San Benito Ana Pass the Pico de Gallo please.
Eddie E. August 16, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Roger That Neither 'the Americans' or their demented former leader 'ronnie ray-gun' had anything to do with the wall falling. For some history, who was President when a Polish shipbuilder started the Citizen Realization that changed the world in Poland? It wasn't ray-gun and it didn't have anything to do with the US. It was brought about by Citizens willing to stand against the power and simply state 'You can shoot us but we are not going to tolerate this any more'. Citizen action, it really, really works.
Eddie E. August 16, 2012 at 03:34 AM
RT, Was the flashlight to find something lost in max?
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 03:37 AM
"Need a flashlight?"---Roger That "Two bulbs in your socket makes your tulip no brighter." ---Alexander T.Edison
Eric H August 16, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Yea though I would like to see some sort of accounting to just how the millage rate is allocated or should I say how the property tax revenues are allocated. Obviously property tax revenues are just one portion of the revenues. Looking at my just received tax bill I notice how the county operations portion of the tax bill is 10.5 mils with police and fire being 3.7 and 3.3 respectively. I understand there is a lot of stuff in that general operations bucket including Courts, Sheriff, Jail and the CEO/Commissioner apparatus, but we should look at breaking those out further. As more of the county incorporates this seems to be a necessary exercise. After all at most the Brookhaven Millage is 3.35 yet the County portion is another 20 or so mils reduced by whatever the HOST credit is that year.
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 03:45 AM
"The fall of the Wall was not "slapping two houses together."---Roger That Roge, it was Humpty Dumpty who fell of the wall, not the wall falling off Humpty Dumpty. Made for a great omelet though. Pass the Belgium waffles if you will. And the bosenberry syrup.
Eric H August 16, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Eddie, Yes I know that's what you are saying. You didn't follow what i said. The taxes will be lower than the level they were at when the intial statement of lower taxes was made. What I'm saying is that now that DeKalb has shifted the allocation of the millage rate its not clear whose taxes will be lower. But that's an 11th hour development.
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 03:51 AM
"You gonna lose your pants."---Roger That A small price to pay. Even with your nose to your flashlight.
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 03:55 AM
"...they would be ready to step forward today to right a terrible injustice..."---Eddie E. That should read injustices. No? As for the many others stepping forward? Don't have the Counselor count on it.
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 04:11 AM
"...Democrat neighbors..."---Eddie E. I'm not a Democrat. In what I've had to learn the very hard way---this State being an absolute nuthouse---I'm apolitical; and proud of it.
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 04:26 AM
"...I hope the candidates ...talk about their business/civic experiences..."---Roger That Screw any "business/civic experience." I want to hear how any of them will dismantle this travesty and run its merry pranksters out of the State.
don Gabacho August 16, 2012 at 04:38 AM
"Neither 'the Americans' or their demented former leader 'ronnie ray-gun' had anything to do with..." Eddie E. "Two peas in a pod makes a pod not."---Confouncius
Eddie E. August 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Eric, Thanks. Now that the tax cut is off the table, which of the four 'services' peddled in the big lie will disappear? For those holding tenaciously to the thread of 'free market efficiency' providing the magic to make things work, see today's latest announcement from our dear friends at GA Power.
Eddie E. August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM
don G, As a proud and unrepentant Socialist, I can't vote repug under any circumstances.
Jo Russler August 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Yes, she has withdrawn from the State House race. And don't ascribe your cynicism to her. You might recall the saying "all politics are local" and now, Brookhaven is as local as it gets. I am extremely happy, and relieved, that she has chosen to run for mayor.
Jo Russler August 16, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Irony: criticizing someone else's convictions while standing behind the curtain of anonymity.
Enuff Govt Already August 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I said it earlier this year and it was one of the reasons I was against another city. History has shown the county will raise taxes to make up for lost tax money to the cities. IMHO, counties and cities are structured to compete so it makes sense to me to see a county shift taxes. I'm sure one of the county positions the county will assert is the unincoporated areas are home to the sewage plants, garbage dumps , jail and other unpleasant items and the cities aren't so pay up or the cry of environmental classism will be raised; although I believe the recession has just made things more expensive. The reality is now that we are a city the county politicians do not really care what we think about taxes. Some interesting reading, " with the county’s 2012 millage rate of 10.12 mills for unincorporated home­owners, Brookhaven residents will likely pay 11.78 mills." Mary Swint-Cross Roads News Aug10, '12 and "Sen. Fran Millar cautioned Dunwoody officials to consider the toll the incorporation of Brookhaven and declining real estate values....“Don’t delude yourself. Next year, DeKalb County is going to raise taxes a lot,” Millar said. “Just get ready for it because they’re going to try to get it back.”-D’woody Reporter 08/09/12. IMHO, I like politicians and government as far away from me as possible but if tide washes in "local control" then I'd prefer a township like the representative previously proposed.
Eric H August 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Eddie, I agree private corporations have inefficiencies also. And I certainly would not want a private corporation providing police service, jails (shoot that's already happening) or regulation of Banks and Wall Street (shoot that might as well be the case since they seemed like they were bought and sold). But I think there may be merit in outsourcing some items. Am I concerned about saving money on the backs of workers? Sure, but frankly this country's middle class is under a far greater attack by outsourcing and misguided tax and regulatory policies. Yet many still blame the problem on government over reach or spending (even though spending has been cut at the very time when it should be going up or remaining stable to support rather than negate the just slow recovery in the private sector). EGA I agree with your analysis of the danger of the shift by the county of its costs on those living in incorporated areas. The easiest way to deal with it will be to go try to pursue the course taken in Fulton, so that it becomes easier to identify just what services the county government provides and thus monitor the expenses. However, even without pursuing that course we are in a position to get DeKalb to further itemize just where the tax revenues go and the costs of each department to better understand and deal with waste. The tax situation in DeKalb is inexcusable. HOST started out as a 100% credit. It was down to 46% and property taxes were raised 26%.
Eric H August 16, 2012 at 02:52 PM
EGA, and do you know part of the reason why the credit was raised to 59%? True sales are increasing as the economy slowly recovers. But a huge boost was the fact that this year is the first year the county gets revenues from the HOST now being applied to groceries and other essential food items. Previous to 2011 HOST like the state sales tax did not apply to groceries, but due to some sort of interstate tax compact to simplify the number of taxing brackets the State Legislature changed the HOST to apply to groceries so it would be like the LOST taxes. What's disturbing is the difficulty in finding articles about this tax increase. The CEO has never acknowledged that. Instead they just stated it was thanks to strong HOST revenues. I understand the need to simplify the tax brackets for interstate commerce and ecommerce but it is unfortunate that the HOST, that unlike LOST, benefits those in very expensive houses the most now is funded by placing an even greater burden on those who can afford it the least, including those who can only dream of being able to own their own home.
patrick August 18, 2012 at 08:58 PM
She did not want to Lose for the Second time for State House,Lets hope J Max will cause her to lose the first election in Our City.
patrick August 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
That is a Easy question to answer,she and the late in Dist. 2,wants Yes voter ,to be Sorry for our vote.

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