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What Will We Become?

Brookhaven Mayor candidate Sandy Murray writes about her positive vision for the new city.

What will we become? Will our new city get stuck in the past, or will it move decisively into the future?

Will Brookhaven let slip the most amazing opportunity before us -- our only chance to get our new city started right? Will Brookhaven decide to forever be trapped in a paradigm of Yes vs. No, left vs. right, neighbor vs. neighbor?

I chose to run for Mayor of Brookhaven because I believed that our community could become the greatest city in Metro Atlanta. I believed that we could transcend the illusory barriers that often separate us. I believed that we could leave the past behind and become a unified city. 

I still believe. If elected, I assure you that I will do everything in my power to be a Mayor for everyone. I would look out for the interests of every person, every family, every street, every neighborhood, and every district. I’d especially reach out to those who voted against me. Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be the case for my opponent, who only listens to the insiders -- the vendors and the lobbyists seeking to profit from our new city. 

My campaign is 100% funded by friends and neighbors, not vendors and lobbyists. I have returned more than a few contributions from potential vendors because the whole promise of why we started this city was to escape “politics-as-usual.” I do not want even a hint of corruption to tar our new city and prevent us from unifying as the Brookhaven we want to be.

So what will we become? I predict that Brookhaven will choose my formula - a positive, open and transparent government that doesn’t do deals behind closed doors and seeks input from all our residents. I am thankful for the endorsements of Jim Eyre and Deborah Anthony who share this vision and I call on other city council candidates and former candidates for Mayor to join me. Together, we will become the best city in the region.

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HamBurger December 01, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Mr. Phil, and once we have that budget, we will finally know just how much of the C$ND and Brookhaven Yes promises can be lived up to! All the more reason for J. Max Davis to be elected so he can be front and center to give his explanation! Ought to be interesting! Another special hamburger, Mr. Phil?
Eddie E. December 01, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Phil, Really? You seem to be overly convinced there is no budget. But why is it the 'parks' are projected to cost 4 times what the CVI projected. The numbers are there, but I still don't know why they are hidden in a drawer.
Jack of Kings December 01, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Well, Eddie. Why don't you enlighten everyone here instead of being coy? You apparently have seen a budget, but you are asking for the budget to be revealed. Which is it?
Brookhaven4u December 01, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Phil, I notice good ole JMax has backed off his lower taxes claim? Being intelligent, I knew this a long time ago when I looked at my taxes, I understood the loss of the Host credit will more than offset the lower millage rate (Once you add the franchise fees). Would you consider JMax's promise of lower taxes while a Brookhaven Yes a lie? Maybe it is best for JMax (Even with his pay for play) to be in the spot light for those many promises that may not be met. What you think Phil?
HamBurger December 01, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Mr. Phil, regarding the Brookhaven budget . . . “As contemplated by the provisions of the Safe Harbor section of HB 636 (is there one?), this news release may contain forward-looking statements pertaining to future, anticipated, or projected plans, performances and developments, as well as other statements relating to future operations. All such forward-looking statements are necessarily only estimates or predictions of future results or events and there can be no assurance that actual results or events will not materially differ from expectations. Further information on potential factors that could affect the City of Brookhaven, is included in HB 636 . . . If you can find it. We expressly disclaim any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements. But, we are not going to tell you who we are. And, if we are a group of state elected officials, you just may be SOL . . .” Happy voting, and, regardless, WE GOT YA! Special hamburger anyone? How about a Cheerwine?

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