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'The Mayor Of Brookhaven' Answers Five Questions From Patch

Ashford Park civic leader and businessman Ronnie Mayer talks about his political future and why he hopes Brookhaven never becomes like Chamblee.


You’d be hard-pressed to find a more recognizable figure in Brookhaven than Ronnie Mayer. President of the Ashford Park Civic Association, business owner, community volunteer and civic leader, Mayer is known in some circles as the “mayor of Brookhaven.” But could that title become official, should Brookhaven vote to incorporate at the end of this month?

Now, Five Questions With Ronnie Mayer.

If Brookhaven votes to become a city, will you run for office?

Mayer: Yes. I will run for something. It really is up to [Ashford Park Civic Association Vice Chair] Jim Eyre; he’s been told by dozens of people that he should run for mayor.

What would you do if Jim runs for mayor?

If he runs for mayor, I’ll support him. I’ll be his machine because he and I work well together as a team.

And what office would you seek?

Mayer: If he runs for mayor, I’ll run for the city council seat. If he wants to run for the council seat, I’ll support him. But Jim won’t sit there and watch the world pass him by. He’s going to be involved.

There will be a lot of mistakes made for the first few years, and no one wants to see the city screwed up before we really get underway.

BrookhavenYES chairman J. Max Davis is often rumored to be a candidate for mayor. What's your opinion?

Mayer: If J. Max wants to be man, let him be the man. He wants to be mayor so badly he can taste it. So if he wants to get in there, let him get beat up for a while. But he better be a tough cookie because he's going to be the whipping boy.

And If J. Max and his people try to pull a power play on the city, they will realize there is a lot more power at this end of the city than they realize. At all of these , it seems that J. Max is such good friends with [Chamblee Mayor] Eric Clarkson. But if we run Brookhaven the way Chamblee is run, I will sell every piece of property I own in Ashford Park and move.

Why do you say that?

Chamblee is run like the Gestapo ... just incredibly stupidly.

For 10 years our group of volunteers fed the officers at the city’s event. About three years ago the mayor stopped our efforts because of some political boondoggle over some liability issues. Now the city pays a vendor to feed its officers at the event, and run golf carts to transport older folks and the like to and from their cars, at a cost of hundreds of dollars, a task that volunteers used to undertake.

I hope the city of Brookhaven never becomes what Chamblee has become.

"E Pluribus Unum" July 09, 2012 at 01:54 AM
HamBuger....what a dreadful image you have painted. I am going to have a hard time sleeping tonight now. Carl....obviously Mary L. P. Is not reading the blog very closely. I intentionally described the Professor with your wonderful qualities and she didn't pick up the difference. Oh well...your are still a scientist with a lot of grey matter crammed into your noggin.
HamBurger July 09, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Ms. Mary, just one last thought before I extinguish the grill, prepare for bed, and say my nightly prayers. This entire cityhood issue has left a bad taste in the mouths of many elected officials in state government. Its development, presentation, and execution along with the fiascos relating to the Vinson folks have made a lot of folks look rather foolish. These folks, along with many citizens in the proposed city footprint, look at Rep. Mike Jacobs a Hell of a lot differently now . . . If re-elected, it will be interesting to see just how effective he will be. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Bill Lowe July 09, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Hamburger, Shhhh. I thought you were aware of this....Jacobs is trying to distance himself from the cityhood vote on July 31st. He has already done his job as far as getting the bill through the government hurdles and signed by the governor. Out of sight, out of mind is the order of the day, especially when you are running for re-election in November. If he made an appearance, it was surely to remind those in attendance that he was running for re-election in November and their contributions to his campaign were needed. After July 31st, a decision will be made to either spend the money to try to win, or to just let the money remain in the coiffers for the next candidate of a certain party. The previous statements were merely provided as entertainment, but the possibility exists that this could have happened. Really. As far as the Mary Le Peux character....Bwahahahaha. Too much. Way too much. This country will truly collapse if people base their decisions similarly to the way you have stated to base yours. And I am almost sure that it has already started falling. A sad state of affairs that can only be corrected by an asteroid at least 6 miles wide or a plague that wipes out 99 percent of the breeding population. I do fear for the world filled with simple minded creatures. Unfortunately, this is all too common and humans are de-evolving. It's ok, at least you have lots of company. Just no more breeding, ok? Another alcohol filled evening. heh.
Be Good To Your Brothers July 09, 2012 at 09:50 AM
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen I just want my sisters and brothers to know that you are loved and in good hands. God has a plan for us. Be good to your brother, for you are your brothers keeper.
FreddieK August 02, 2012 at 02:32 PM
What a stinky surprise - a visible (not in a good way) tow-truck driver for Mayor, or, a blustering "lawyer" with a bad online reputation for Mayor, or, a bike boy and unemployed architect who feigns surprise when he gives people the finger and that person gets out of their car and beats the whup out of him. GREAT CHOICES! I knew Brookhaven is becoming a city for the right reasons!

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