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Witt Running For Brookhaven City Council

The Brookhaven resident becomes the first candidate to announce he's running for city council.


Brookhaven resident Kerry Witt announced his candidacy for city council district 4 late Friday afternoon.

Witt is currently serving a second term as president of the Pine Hills neighborhood association and his fifth year on its zoning board. He has been serving as a community council member for the past four years for DeKalb County, chairing the community council over the last two years.

“My vision for the role of the new city council is to provide strong leadership and a focused commitment to enhancing the resources and services offered by the new city of Brookhaven, while keeping unnecessary spending in check through sound fiscal responsibility,” Witt said.

Witt pledges to utilize the new city’s tax resources in a cost-effective manner, and provide a well-trained police force dedicated to serving and protecting all the citizens of Brookhaven.

“I will ensure that new development and the redevelopment of businesses is conducted in a pragmatic and thoughtful manner that enhances our quality of life, as well as assure that new growth complies with Brookhaven’s zoning ordinances and the Livable Centers Initiative overlay. Most of all, I pledge to make Brookhaven a safe, clean and affordable city for each and every resident.”

Witt has been a member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church for the past 10 years and is currently serving his second of a three-year term on the Church’s board of trustees. He has been a licensed real estate agent in the state of Georgia for the past 25 years and has worked as a Realtor for more than two decades. Moreover, as a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, Witt has served on both the Grievance and Political Action committees.

Witt joins as the only other announced candidate for the new city's municipal offices. runs from Monday through Wednesday of next week.

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don Gabacho August 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM
"...don't you find it disturbing that there still seems to be a significant awareness and knowledge gap within our voting community?"---E Pluribus Unum I don't. They figured it would be fixed. The only reason I went to vote was to see the setup to later figure out how they were, then, pullling it off. I've figured it out. "This includes being aware of...the qualification process, the Governor's soon to be named commission, and being informed on candidate qualifications to run our city." Well, doesn't that tell you its been fixed all along? "Qualification process" should be less complicated than getting a driver's license. In this case the process of presenting yourself in the right place and proving you meet age and residence requirements. Most people would not want to even hear about anything else. So why listen to anything else?...
don Gabacho August 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM
don Gabacho 7:49 pm on Saturday, August 11, 2012 ..."The Govenor's soon to be named commission" is not---and was not allowed to be---elected." "Being informed (actually "trained") on candidate qualifications to run our city," in a democracy, is counter to the candidates themselves doing the informing and the People deciding just who qualifies via authentic elction. Why do you presume they are not informed and, instead, simply not wanting to indulge these phonies while afraid to oppose them also? Welcome to 'corporatist' governance---now localized. Do you really believe that the insiders were going to suffer any embarrassment of losing? Especially given the course they took? And not establish that course for all even local elections and referendums to come?
AshfordObserver August 12, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I heard that at today's meeting at least one city council seat is only for a one year term. For the District 2 and District 4 candidates those seats will be up for re-election in 2013. The District 1, District 3 and the mayor’s seat will be on the ballot in 2015.
AshfordObserver August 12, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Crap. Saying that there are 40K to 49K VOTERS in the 12 precincts. So, instead of pulling numbers out of my a**, I did the non lazy thing and looked up the total ...there are 25,972 registered voters in the 12 precincts with voter reg as of 8/1/12: 2344 1949 2247 1829 2388 1674 1747 1818 3296 3138 1620 1742 The numbers don't lie, though a number of you on here do. 10867 voted http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/08/01/precinct-votes-show-brookhaven-support-varies-from-neighborhood-to-neighborhood/ That's 41.841% voting on the issue of the city of brookhaven. OK, what numbers do you want to make up out of thin air now?
HamBurger August 12, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Mr. Ashford Observer, that is what I like. Do a little more research on the new city you voted for just like you have done on the county you want to distance yourself from. Informed voters, folks paying attention, are aware of the staggered election cycles. Is it interesting that the staggered cycles are for the southern portion of the new city? In Brookhaven, are some folks more special than others? The answer is yes, some folks have more control over others . . . That is just what this new city is all about . . . Hey! You need a special hamburger?
AshfordObserver August 12, 2012 at 02:09 AM
no need to lie, just say that there are 25,972 voters, not nearly twice that as you claim. No need to lie to support an argument.
don Gabacho August 12, 2012 at 02:23 AM
"I heard that at today's meeting..."---AshfordObserver Where? And who? ."..at least one city council seat is only for a one year term. For the District 2 and District 4 candidates those seats will be up for re-election in 2013. The District 1, District 3 and the mayor’s seat will be on the ballot in 2015." Gaa! Anticipating loose ends to complete the incorporatization.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 12, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Eric, so we agree a majority of folks don't keep up or are informed. Since I didn't really state a conclusion before and given the current state as I described it, I will now. If we take your 30% election hurdle, that means there will be an approximate 6k more voters in Nov.vs July. Now, given what "light bulb" was turned on following July 31st, this could be a significantly different motivated voter group. Either excited for the new city opportunity...or PO'ed about it. If excited, that might mean Davis and city council members of same mindset are in. If PO'ed, than the possibility exists for a "divided/split" city government. It the latter occurs, how does that impact start-up decisions...if at all. Finally, what has to happen for the "silent majority" (the other 70% who didn't exercise their privilege to vote) to become motivated to act? My premise is as long as life doesn't become too different, they go with the flow...they remain silent. But if they see taxes increase and services decline, life is now negatively impacted even for them, what becomes their recourse? Do they have one? What happens to our city if at some point folks are elected as a backlash to July 31st and under delivered promises? Just asking. Of course the raw percentages and numbers we both are using are just estimates. I haven't heard the actual number of voter eligible residents live within Brookhaven.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 12, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Ah...AO got motivated to get the actual registered voter numbers. Well done man. So with the 41% voter turnout, 15,105 were not heard from. The one of many possible scenarios I described remains but with one difference. The tipping point to shift and reflect voter attitudes one way or the other, is more razor thin than what has been previously expressed. PS Ahole...based on some of your personal declarations, I hope you counted yourself as one of those many liars you referenced.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 12, 2012 at 02:55 AM
don Gabacho, I'm beginning to better understand the perspectives you offer. Even though trained to see the invisible, I still remain a product of the power and control system of our society. As a result, I still miss seeing so much.
don Gabacho August 12, 2012 at 03:53 AM
"I still remain a product of the power and control system of our society."---E Pluribus Unam Start thinking "the power and control system 'for' our society." "As a result, I still miss seeing so much." You won't even know what to look for to see until you, even inadvertantly, give sufficient cause to be a threat to the power and the power uses its apparatus for control---on you. And even then, you'd have to realize unimaginable methods and apparatus adopted from a very different country to impose and maintain absolute authority over a very different society now being applied here; also the extent they wiil go to not only impose that authority but also keep their intent and methods unknown.
don Gabacho August 12, 2012 at 04:02 AM
"The numbers don't lie."----AshfordObserver Yes they can. Regarding the returns of the Brookhaven City referendum: What were the first percentages---for and against---reported?
"E Pluribus Unum" August 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM
AO....since you already have provided the registered voters, would you now list them by specific precinct? Also, please verify which precincts make up a district. Thank you for providing...great public service to help inform.
AshfordObserver August 13, 2012 at 01:57 AM
E you really do put the "PU" in the name don't you ..as I ..ahem hold my nose at your name calling. Truth hurts huh? I'm just an average guy, not an ounce of lie in me. You however...
"E Pluribus Unum" August 13, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Awhole....I'm not the one waving like a reed in a heavy wind. For example, your flip flopping regarding your opinion on Davis is interesting. One moment he's a liar w no character, the next a standup guy. Also, for someone who is so liberal with your "flame thrower" label, you seem to do a pretty good job of dishing out personal attacks, only to wimper how mistreated you've been.
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
"E you really do put the "PU" in the name don't you ...---AshfordObserver Do recall: "The numbers don't lie."----AshfordObserver Again: Yes they can. And again: regarding the returns of the Brookhaven City referendum: What were the first percentages---for and against---reported? Plus: The final percentages, for and against? Don't tell us, after your statement, that you really don't want to know where the truth lies?
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 03:30 PM
"My drone is in your back yard right about..... ooops... it crashed!"---Roger That In Brookhaven surveillance, recordings and the manipulation of recordings require no drones. Nor operatives, including enforcers, not already on the ground locally---indeed highly regimented ones at that.
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
"Davis is interesting. One moment he's a liar w no character, the next a standup guy..."---E Pluribus Unum Have you seen the front page of the perceptibly Yesser's 'Brookhaven Reporter'? Giddy with having been sticking his nose in what should never been his business, "Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dundwoody ("a co-sponsor to incorporate Brookhaven"), is, "in celebration," holding up a toy-like "flying pig," while Jacobs, looking at the flying pig, is giddy for having achieved his assignment and Davis, gazing at the flying pig, is suspiciously forlorn of---what?---he being eventually perceived to be the flying pig? The accompanying article. inadvertently admits: "DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader said, once the governor's commission is in place, members will [only then] work out an agreement with the county to deliver services to the city while it is in the start-up stage." And, amazingly, and in lieu of having at least a tentative agreement prior to any referendum: "The transition period is a very important period because"---now get this---"if the city moves too quickly, they may not be prepared." While, according to Davis, Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos "is excited about the public-private partnerships and [presumably openly-public] partnerships we can have with her city." Not even the residents of imposed Brookhaven.
Steve Walker August 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Dekalb County will do any and everything in its power to delay and prolong the transition period of various departments involved in order to keep the Citizens of the City of Brookhaven's tax dollars out of our hands for as long as possible...
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 05:03 PM
"Dekalb County will do any and everything in its power to delay and prolong the transition period of various departments involved..."---Steve Walker In the case of the police department, I certainly hope so.
Steve Walker August 13, 2012 at 05:56 PM
.....and leave it to don groucho to plagiarize comments in order to further his diatribe. Dekalb County will do any and everything in its power to delay and prolong the transition period of various departments involved in order to keep the Citizens of the City of Brookhaven's tax dollars out of our hands for as long as possible... This will be the County tactic going forward to try and and keep Brookhaven funds in order to pad their wallets for as long as possible........
Steve Walker August 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
.........even you are smart enough to know that leaving out the second half of a sentence for your own purposes is deceitful.
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 07:30 PM
"For the District 2 and District 4 candidates those seats will be up for re-election in 2013. The District 1, District 3 and the mayor’s seat will be on the ballot in 2015."---Roger That Could it be that Districts 1 and 3 require more time to be subordinated to City of Brookhaven?
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 07:33 PM
"I suspect what you perceive as the "highly regimented operatives" on your ground locally are more likely your neighbors complaining about your yard."---Roger That How I wish!
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Making exception for one department, among the "various departments" of your statement, for objection, is hardly "deceitful." One size does not fit all. As it turns out, what is "deceitful" is your attempt to allow no exceptions to bury one department among "various departments" "in support of" your "diatribe." Your malice.
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 07:55 PM
".....and leave it to don groucho to plagiarize comments..."---Steve Walker How is quoting and attributing you for the quote "plagiarizing"? "...in order to further his diatribe.." Despite your false accusations of "plagiarizing" and "diatribe," my statement---"In the case of the police department, I certainly hope so"---stands, no matter how you deal with it.
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Regarding my vaild concern: a feature making cities and townships distinct: the former having their own police and townships not: "Mike Jacobs 5:33 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012 [Brookhaven Patch] I've supported township legislation in the past and know from experience that there is not 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate to support the constitutional amendment required to give zoning power to a third type of local government (other than counties and cities)." Did anyone see on the so-called "referendum even the choice of Brookhaven being a city or township? Tell me just where is this prohibition ---"other than counties and cities [to the exclusion of townships]"---that Jacobs does not cite in the State Constitution of Georgia? http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/GAConstitution.pdf Meanwhile, who elected any representative, or even 2/3's of the legislature and senate, to be the electorate? For a "referendum" no less? Even judge and jury? Certainly referendum does NOT require any "Constitutional Amendment."
Steve Walker August 13, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Don G. I never mentioned ONE word in my statement about any given Dept within Dekalb County, once again that is something that you are weaving into your comments.
don Gabacho August 13, 2012 at 09:46 PM
"Don G. I never mentioned ONE word in my statement about any given Dept within Dekalb County..."---Steve Walker Correct. You said two: "various departments." Yet again, regarding my most vaild concern: a feature making cities and townships distinct: the former having their own police and townships not: "Mike Jacobs 5:33 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012 [Brookhaven Patch] I've supported township legislation in the past and know from experience that there is not 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate to support the constitutional amendment required to give zoning power to a third type of local government (other than counties and cities)." Did anyone see on the so-called "referendum", if there were to be a city (or township) at all, the choice of Brookhaven being a city or township? Tell me just where is this prohibition ---"other than counties and cities [to the exclusion of townships]"---that Jacobs does not cite in the State Constitution of Georgia? http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/GAConstitution.pdf
Brokenhaven August 16, 2012 at 09:34 PM
You make a decision like that from a website? I guess that as soon as i put up my website I'll be a successful businessman. As president of Pine Hills C/A Mr Witt never attempted to inform any of the residences of the impending Brookhaven vote since no one I know of considers Pine Hills to be in any way affiliated with Brookhaven it seems it would have been important to know. Hank, I'll let you know when that successful website is up and running and maybe you can vote for me.

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