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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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Brookhaven4u November 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Oh Phil, if J Max is our Mayor, I do believe, if given the opportunity to cast his tie breaking vote for a JAT Consulting over another Company’s bid he may not have participated in Pay to Play. I believe he would choose JAT irrelevant if they were lowest cost or not. Phil, you must not be too experienced in looking at bids. You assume lowest cost is always the best. That is not necessarily true. If the lowest cost bid is always the best bid, we don’t need any mayor. Just would need an accountant.
HDM November 16, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It's simple Burger, the more government you refer is the city of Brookhaven, which is simply replacing a portion of the bloated corruption that is the DeKalb Democrat bureacracy.
HDM November 16, 2012 at 03:49 PM
There isn't a such thing as a "tie breaking vote" for a low bid contract.
HamBurger November 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Mr. Dean, you are being very short sighted. We still have DeKalb County to deal with, we still have DCSS to pay taxes to, and now we have Brookhaven to fund. We all know about the troubles in DeKalb and with DCSS. If you have paid attention to all of these new city they have their issues as well. Brookhaven will be no different. Plus, there is a cost for the infrastructure to support two governments. The Vinson study allows for a city, just not the city folks think they are going to get. Would we have been better off utilizing the time spent to develop Brookhaven to correct DeKalb and DCSS? Should an effort been made to dissolve DeKalb cities and consolidate governments and replace them with regional tax districts? It does not matter; our state elected officials are continuing to sell new cities in DeKalb. Maybe these guys should have become politically active in DeKalb government? Maybe we would have been better off if they had? Most Residents at Meeting Unsure About Cityhood http://tinyurl.com/bp9nra4 Special hamburger and a Cheerwine?
Brookhaven4u November 16, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Dean you are completely wrong again. Nothing says that our City Council, including J. Max, would have to accept a "low bid" contract. In fact, you should understand, low bids are not always necessarily the best or even turn out to be the cheapest in the long run. If low bid leaves, we don't need a mayor, just a accountant. So yes, when it comes down to it, are you saying J Max might view a bid by JAT Consulting differently then say some other mayor that has no financial tangle with JAT? I think so. Vote for J. Max, and we can only hope there is enough tax revenue to pay back all the vendors that have contributed to Pay for Play.
Roger That November 16, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Not for long, HamBoogie. DK touts incorporation, and we are outa there! This is the hardest I've ever see any (small) group of people drag down an entire county into submission, and yeeha, 'bout time, you got that ship straight.
HamBurger November 16, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Mr. Roger, if DeKalb does go the incorporation route we will be purchasing the services DeKalb provides from Incorporated DeKalb. And, DCSS remains the same. Regardless, we are still in the county. What is with this insanity of conservatives promoting more government on their constituents? And then folks that call themselves conservatives voting for it? I like it when you manipulate my name. Does your mommy know you are on the computer? I’ll gladly serve you a special hamburger and a Cheerwine, but I am all out of Twinkies . . .
Booyah November 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
If Sandy Murray becomes mayor will she exclude JAT, Calvin Giordano, etc from bidding. These are the companies that provide outsourced services and they will most likely participate, regardless of who is elected mayor or councilman.
Booyah November 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I guess some of Sandy's powerful friends (Cousins, Imlay, Konas, etc) could buy or form a company to bid against the experienced providers.
Eddie E. November 17, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Two good ideas in two responses. Residue, you are hot this evening! In the interest of 'ethics' and starting out different than the 'Evil Dekalb' they certainly should have any bids they submit rejected outright!
don Gabacho November 29, 2012 at 06:55 PM
"Why should we trust someone who vocally opposed the formation of Brookhaven...?"---Dean Because she did. Can't you read?
don Gabacho November 29, 2012 at 06:59 PM
"Mr. Dean, what is it with all these conservatives voting more government on themselves?"---Hamburger "Conservatives"? They are no more "conservatives" than they are "Republicans." In both cases, mere labels. Their politicial ideologues, merely prefunctory. Welcome to corporatist goverance.
don Gabacho November 29, 2012 at 07:03 PM
"It's simple Burger, the more government you refer is the city of Brookhaven, which is simply replacing a portion."---Dean Unmitigated baloney. Where in the state mandated Brookhaven charter does it state DeKalb County's government will and must downsize proportionately?
don Gabacho November 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
"This is the hardest I've ever see any (small) group of people drag down"---everyone----"into submission..."---Roger That "Submission." "...yeeha, bout time, you got that ship straight." Welcome to corporatist governance.
don Gabacho November 29, 2012 at 07:27 PM
"Hi Sandy - let's see it. I want to see a copy of the check that someone tried to donate .."----TomMiller You wanted to know how people voted for this City of Brookhaven too. Why not demand their completed ballots?
don Gabacho November 29, 2012 at 07:31 PM
"CLEARLY and IRREFUTABLY the lowest cost..."---Filemon Cleary and irrefutably ludicrous. You really expect the public to believe that, if you bid $1 per year on every contract offered, that you would---or should----get even one?
don Gabacho November 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
"There isn't a such thing as a "tie breaking vote" for a low bid contract."---Dean More of your deliberately misleading double-talk. There is no such thing as a lowest bid having to be the winning bid. Or are you claiming it is written into law?
John Galt November 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Sandy, how much are you (Cousins, Imlay, Konas, etc) paying those kids to wave your signs at the Brookhaven Crossing intersection this morning? Are any of them old enough to vote? Do any reside in Brookhaven? Just wondering...
Booyah November 30, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Is Sandy doing payroll tax, social security, and giving the sign waving employees a 1099 form ??
Jack of Kings November 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I saw one of those kids standing out there for Sandy Murray spinning a "We Buy Gold" arrow earlier in the month just down the street.
Eddie E. November 30, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Has jmaxjr. given back his 'funds from contractors'? You should read Jack Abramoff's book and see what he has to say about candidates or elected officials receiving contributions from those with contracts or seeking contracts from government entities. I think he came to this conclusion while in prison for polluting the political process.
John Galt November 30, 2012 at 09:01 PM
eddy, your desperation in trying to make a point is rather amusing, almost as much as the thought that Sandy Murray has a clue what she is talking about.
Eddie E. November 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM
jg, No desperation here, the point is obvious. I, and many friends, have gotten much amusement at watching the 'backtracking dance' the jmaxjr. apologists have attempted to perfect. I merely provided an example to differentiate the between definition as would be found (or excused) in the courtroom and in the generally accepted public perception of the concept 'pay to play'. Mr. Abramoff goes to great lengths to explain how and when contributions from individuals with potential business before the Government should be banned (if anyone is reading Norman Ornstein's book 'It's Worse Than It Looks" there is a good paraphrase on page 160 of Mr. Abramoffs thinking). Mr. Abramoff should know a thing or two about what connotes 'pay to play'.
Eddie E. November 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM
jg, By the way, I missed the Commission meeting. Was there any progress on extracting the Secret Budget?
Jack of Kings December 01, 2012 at 01:17 AM
There is no secret budget, Eddie. There may be suggestions towards a budget, but until the Mayor and the other Council seats are filled, there is no budget, Eddie. Open the window and breath some fresh air. Fuel and oil vapors can take their toll.
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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