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Do Overs are Possible

Election 'Do Over' in the City of Brookhaven

City of Brookhaven ELECTIONS

As an adult, there aren't many things in our lives where we can call 'Do Over', but with our recent elections a 'Do Over' happens on December 4th.


I suspect you're like me and just plain weary of this election cycle.  The majority of voters approved a referendum to form the City of Brookhaven on July 31.  We still don't have our city.

I'm tired of yard signs.  I'm tired of robo-calls.  And I'm tired of mailers.

But thanks to Georgia law, on December 4th, those who didn't win the election for mayor and city council get a 'Do Over' and a clean slate. The vote you cast last week no longer matters.

Rebecca Chase Williams won 45% of our vote for Council District #1, and her opponent 19%.  You guessed it, on December 4th the loser gets a 'Do Over'

J Max Davis won 48% of the vote to become our first mayor, while his opponent gleaned 36%.  Once again, the loser will get a 'Do Over'.

The December 4th election will be about who comes to the polls.  What happened last week gets tossed out the window, and the voters that come to the poll on Tuesday, December 4 will get to elect our officials.

In Georgia, you have to win twice to be elected.  So put Tuesday, December 4th on your calendar and re-affirm your vote for mayor and city council.

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Albie Alright November 12, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hey Stan, I'll bet your buddy J Max is pretty happy with how he and Mike fixed the districts.
Stan November 12, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I have no idea whether J Max is happy. I know I feel very comfortable that the districts were drawn equitably and with voter input.
Brookhaven Maven November 13, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Stan - 55% of the voters did NOT want RCW to be a councilman and 52% did NOT want JMD to be mayor. Since the majority don't approve of either of them, how about we take them out of the mix altogether? No do over for them! -- The Maven
Brookhaven4u November 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
“I know I feel very comfortable that the districts were drawn equitably and with voter input." Stan do you really believe what you say or are you delusional. What voter input into these districts? This was Jacobs input only and it was meant to keep district 1 all powerful. Equitable? Are you kidding me? Don't even try the population. Look at registered voters and District 1 has a disproportionate share of them. Again designed to keep District 1 all powerful. One of the well documented concerns with No City was that District 1 was all powerful. How did that vote work out? District 2, 3, & 5 all majorities voted against the city. Yet District 1 was able to overcome that obstacle.
Booyah November 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I believe J Max won in 9 of the 12 voting precincts. Including some south of Peachtree in Districts #2,3,&4.
HamBurger November 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Mr. Stan, as a district #1 resident I am with you! Let districts #2, #3, and #4 suffer! We rule! Special hamburger?
Roger That November 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Wow. Better put the pipe down, Maven. Since 50,000 people live somewhere in the mudprint, I suggest you folks on the wrong side of the tracks get to registering some voters for the next go round.
Shemin DeVille November 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Hamburger and Stan, Seriously. You hit the nail on the head. District 1 RULES! If we elect J Max Davis and Rebecca Chase Williams they have promised to make certain it stays that way. OUR Parks, OUR Roads, and OUR Police. Thats all that matters!
Shemin DeVille November 13, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Also - the only reason Districts 2, 3 and 4 were included was to pay for the services for District 1. Well done! OUR Parks, OUR Roads, OUR Police. Yeah!
Brookhaven4u November 13, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Shemin, did you not read the CVI Study? Sure the property tax income the city should generate, while it was told the estimate was conservative, came out agressive, there iss plenty of $. Once district 1 needs are met, there should be enough table scraps to divy up for the other 3 districts.
Shemin DeVille November 13, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I did read the CVI Study. Several times. I full well know where the concentration was and it's on my home turf of District 1 getting what WE want and convincing the rest of you that it was a good thing for you. The "table scraps" as you state will all funnel back to District 1... and conversely the majority of the 12.2% poverty rate comes from the lower districts. Also, District 4 has no parks. So guess where their parks money will go. District 1. I don't know if the term table scraps is demeaning to those in the lower Districts. Maybe you should rethink that terminology in the future. PS...the CVI Study assumed 100% of property taxes being collected with no consideration for property tax contests or simply non payers factored in. There will be less money than they stated and the city will cost more than stated. But never fear, the Burford Highway corridor will be code fined to death and the police will generate plenty of income there as well. Just wait until the Governors Commission committees share their recco's with all of us. You will see...BUT...never fear. District 1 where I live will ALWAYS come out smelling like a rose! OUR PARKS, OUR ROADS and OUR POLICE. Yeah! GO STAN!
HDM November 13, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Brookhaven4u, I believe the input Stan is referring to is the change from "at-large" council members to individual members for all districts, which strengthened Districts 3 and 4 (what is district 5?)
HamBurger November 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Mr. Dean, district #5? It is a secret . . . I hope B4U did not let the cat out of the bag! Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger November 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Mr. SD, Yeah Baby! And, to supplement our income, we will charge districts #2, #3, and #4 admission to OUR parks to create added income! What about making Peachtree Road a toll road for all non district #1 citizens? And, how about a tiered police service for non district #1 citizens? OUR city, OUR way! Special hamburger and a Cheerwine?

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