Patch continues the most extensive coverage you'll find on next week's historic Brookhaven mayoral and city council runoffs.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Brookhaven mayoral candidate is concerned about billboards and adult entertainment businesses moving into the city during its transitional period.
Brookhaven mayoral candidate Sandy Murray sent a letter to the DeKalb County Commission on Friday, asking the county to place a short-term moratorium on permits and rezonings until the new city is up and running. “My concern is that a small number of businesses may try to take advantage of the city’s startup and the transition process from DeKalb County to the city of Brookhaven," Murray told Patch. Murray faces J. Max Davis next Tuesday in a runoff to become Brookhaven's first mayor. Her request for a moratorium includes applications for all new permits, re-zonings, variances, SLUPs, and other approvals under Community Development Department purview that may affect the new city. Brookhaven begins formal operations as a new city on Dec. …
The Brookhaven mayoral contender also has received support from three influential Republican lawmakers.
Brookhaven mayoral candidate J. Max Davis has been endorsed by former Brookhaven city council district 1 candidate Alan Cole. Cole, who finished third behind Kevin Fitzpatrick in the District 1 contest, has also endorsed Rebecca Chase Williams in the runoff next Tuesday, Dec. 4. Davis has also been endorsed by another former city council candidate, Kerry Witt, who finished last in the District 4 race. Joe Gebbia and Karen Lord are in the District 4 runoff. Davis has also received the endorsements of three influential GOP lawmakers: state Reps. Mike Jacobs and Ed Lindsey, and state Sen. Fran Millar. Jacobs was the author of the Brookhaven cityhood bill that voters approved on July 31. Lindsey, who serves as his party's Majority Whip in …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Vote at your normal precinct next Tuesday.
Patch has received numerous inquiries from readers about where to vote in next Tuesday's Brookhaven runoff elections. According to the DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Division, the regular voting locations that were used in the Nov. 6 general election will be open on Dec. 4 from 7 am to 7 pm. Schools such as Ashford Park Elementary that serve as voting precincts will use its gyms and/or cafeterias for voters. A sample ballot of next week's elections is attached to this article. Brookhaven Precinct Locations Ashford-Dunwoody Road Precinct Ashford Park Elementary Precinct Briarwood Precinct Brookhaven Precinct Ashford Parkside Precinct Cross Keys High Precinct Kittredge Brookhaven Montclair Elementary Precinct Montgomery …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Gebbia picks up support from state Rep. Mike Jacobs and two former mayoral candidates.
District 4 candidate Joe Gebbia has picked up the endorsements of a key leader in the Brookhaven cityhood movement, as well as two former mayoral candidates. Gebbia faces Karen Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in a runoff for the seat. “Joe Gebbia has displayed the ability to reach out to all individuals in his district," said state Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, who was the author of the Brookhaven cityhood bill. "Whether you were for or against cityhood, Joe has proven that he’s committed to bringing our city together." Also, Larry Danese and Thom Shepard, who finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Nov. 6 mayor's race, also have endorsed Gebbia. “I have been impressed by Joe’s ability to remain impartial until gathering all of the facts…
Should Brookhaven's first top cop be from the area, or should city leaders go on a nationwide hunt? Take our Patch poll and tell us what you think.
One of the little dustups that occurred during Monday night's runoff debates came when some candidates seemed to express their support for a nationwide search for the new city's first police chief. "We need to make sure we hire the right person," said Rebecca Chase Williams, who is in the District 1 city council runoff. "Our city is going to be the cream of the crop. There is no built-in bureaucracy or a who-knows-who-kind of mentality." That brought this rebuke from a member of the audience: "Going on a nationwide hunt for a police chief? I can't believe we don't have someone qualified who's around here. These kinds of nationwide hunts seldom pan out. Just look at our school systems." That caused a bit of backtracking from the candidates…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hope Bawcom endorses Davis for mayor, and Patch learns of a city council endorsement that could be a game-changer.
Former District 3 city council candidate Hope Bawcom has endorsed J. Max Davis for mayor. Patch learned of Bawcom's endorsement early Tuesday afternoon. Davis is facing Sandy Murray in next Tuesday's Brookhaven runoff to become the new city's first mayor. "I've gotten to know both candidates during the campaign process for the city council election and based on my experience J. Max has been the best team player that I've worked with," Bawcom told Patch. "He has always been willing to listen to ideas that I've had even if they conflicted with some of his own. "I feel very confident that as mayor, he will make the best effort to find common ground between differing opinions within the city council." Also on Tuesday, a loyal Patch reader …
Brookhaven's three remaining city council seats will be decided one week from now. Here's our take on the runoffs.
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Brookhaven residents head to the polls once again to choose the new city’s first mayor, and also complete the election of its first city council. On Monday, Patch analyzed the mayoral runoff. Here is our look at the three city council races that will be decided one week from today: DISTRICT 1 On Nov. 6, Rebecca Chase Williams finished the race with a commanding 45 percent of the vote in a five-candidate race. Her closest competitor, Kevin Fitzpatrick, tallied 19 percent of the vote. Williams won all four of District 1’s precincts. Her closest margin of victory came in the smallest precinct, Kittredge Brookhaven, where she finished with 38 percent of the vote, compared to Fitzpatrick’s 31 percent. Williams has also been…
Wednesday, Nov. 28, is your last chance to apply for an absentee ballot for next week's runoff election.
Brookhaven residents who want to apply for an absentee ballot in next week's runoff election have until Wednesday, Nov. 28, to apply for the ballot. After printing the application, which is attached to this article as a PDF, voters should mark, at the top of the ballot, that the ballot is for the 12/4/2012 Run-off. After signing it, mail the application to: DeKalb Co. Election Supervisor Memorial Drive Complex 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300 Decatur, GA 30032-1239 Voters will then receive their absentee ballot in the mail. The completed ballot must be postmarked no later than Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The former District 2 city council candidate told Patch early Monday afternoon of his support for J. Max Davis.
Former District 2 city council candidate Russell Mitchell endorsed J. Max Davis for mayor on Monday. "I have had the pleasure of getting to know J.Max over the last two years and he has the leadership skills needed to guide our new city in the right direction, knowledge to be informed on day one, and most importantly, the passion about our new city’s bright future," Mitchell told Patch early Monday afternoon. Davis is in a runoff with Sandy Murray to become the new city's first mayor in history. Mitchell, a member of BrookhavenYES, was defeated by Jim Eyre in the District 2 city council campaign. Related Items: Join Patch's Live Coverage Of Tonight's Brookhaven Mayoral Runoff Debate. District 2: The Wild Card In Brookhaven's Mayoral …