Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Charter school amendment appears headed for win.
UPATE 5:50 pm If you are in line to vote at 7 pm, you will get to vote even though the polls close then. Tens of thousands of Fulton County voters have already cast ballots today. Turnout is especially high for today’s General Election, as it is in most Presidential election years. It's too early to know how this year compares to 2008. In the evening after traditional work hours, peak turnout is anticipated, and tens of thousands of additional voters could exercise their right to vote. Fulton County elections officials released a statement advising that voters who are in line at 7 pm will be allowed to vote under Georgia law. As provided by Georgia law, voters who are over age 75 or who have a disability are eligible to ask to move ahead …
Don't forget to vote! Find your poll location and ballot summary in Brookhaven and Chamblee.
In case you haven't heard about it, today's kind of a big day. You know, brand new city going to the polls for the first time - ever - to choose a mayor and city council. Also, there's a little town called Chamblee next door to Brookhaven that could get a whole lot bigger today, if some nearby residents choose to annex themselves. And of course, there's this little deal about whether 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's current resident will get to stay there a little longer, or get kicked out. So ... do you know where to go to vote in Brookhaven and Chamblee today? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. For details …
Here's everything you need to know about today's elections.
Monday, November 5, 2012
A total of 161,095 people cast early votes for the 2012 election, compared to 173,064 in 2008. The reason: the early voting period was longer in 2008.
There was a big rush of early voting last Friday, but overall fewer DeKalb County voters cast early ballots in this presidential election compared to 2008. Here are the numbers from the DeKalb Office of Voters Registration and Elections website. Early votes include mail-in votes and ballots cast in person. Patch asked DeKalb Elections Director Mary France Weeks why the numbers changed. This is her emailed response. Actually, the daily numbers were higher this year. In 2008, early voting lasted 45 days – in 2012 it was reduced to 21 days. In 2008, we only had one early voting site for the full 45 day period – our main office on Memorial Drive. In 2012, we had two areas in our main office, plus two additional satellite sites for the …
Friday, November 2, 2012
District 3 city council candidate Deborah Anthony answers five questions from Patch.
Friday, November 2, 2012
1. In this day and age of intense scrutiny, and especially considering the recent, hotly contested debate and vote over Brookhaven municipalization, why are you running for city council? Anthony: Part of the reason I am running for the District 3 City Council position IS the hotly contested debate and vote. When I reviewed the Carl Vinson Institute feasibility study, studied the bill that created our City charter, and researched the process under which the City was incorporated, I became concerned with the minimal requirements allowing a small group of people to sit down with a map, draw city boundaries, obtain a study, and push legislation through by the use of the offices of the sponsoring legislators to vilify opposition to the city…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
District 2 city council hopeful Jim Eyre answers five questions from Patch.
1. In this day and age of intense scrutiny, and especially considering the recent, hotly contested debate and vote over Brookhaven municipalization, why are you running for city council? Eyre: I am running for the Brookhaven City Council District 2 seat to continue my public service work in a community I love and understand intimately, to support the issues that I have heard from residents will benefit District 2 and to fight the issues that they believe will be detrimental to the community, Having managed multi-million dollar competitive bid real estate development projects where my own money was at risk, I have an innate understanding and am a strong proponent of the competitive bid process that will be the basis for the financial …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Brookhaven Peachtree Community Alliance has issued a statement regarding its ratings of candidates.
The Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Alliance (BPCA) has issued a statement regarding its ratings of Brookhaven candidates based on their past support of the organization's goals. According to a statement sent to Patch late Monday evening, "BPCA is a grass roots community organization comprised of citizens who differ in their political viewpoints and have varying positions on many issues. "Our members share one thing in common which is a belief in the value of the existing LCI Overlay and the benefit it can bring to the city of Brookhaven. BPCA is not a Political Action Committee with an agenda of endorsing or promoting single candidates." On Monday morning, Patch published an article announcing the organization's ratings of candidates in …
Here's a list of candidates who attended recent training sessions offered by the Georgia Municipal Association.
Several Brookhaven candidates attended two recent training sessions offered by the Georgia Muncipal Association (GMA). The sessions covered such topics as the role and duties of the mayor and council; the role of elected officials; budget setting processes; and open meetings requirements. The GMA is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. Based in Atlanta, the GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its members. The sessions were offered on two different days. Here are the candidates and the dates they attended: Oct. 9, 2012: Oct. 13, 2012:
Brookhaven's only contested legislative race has become a fierce contest between one of the Democratic Party's rising stars and a GOP contender who hopes to unseat him.
With one week to go before the Nov. 6 election, Brookhaven's only contested legislative race continues to be fought on the ground between incumbent Democrat Scott Holcomb and his GOP opponent, Chris Boedeker. The road for both candidates to this point in the race has been bumpy and marked by controversy. Holcomb, who represents District 81, became the de facto incumbent earlier this year, when Elena Parent, who represented District 80, chose not to run for re-election. Both districts were merged into one single District 81 by legislative Republicans when Georgia's legislative maps were redrawn to conform to new census numbers. On the Republican side, Boedeker defeated Carla Roberts in the July 31 GOP primary. That contest was filled with …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A community organization rated candidates for past support, but this District 2 candidate received only one star.
District 2 city council candidate Russell Mitchell said the rating given to him by the Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Alliance (BPCA) "is misleading, and I find it unfortunate the news this morning implies I don’t support the overlay district when in fact I do." In a statement sent to Patch early Monday afternoon, Mitchell said another District 2 candidate, Jim Eyre, "sits on the board for this organization so I think it’s a conflict of interest for them to rate candidates in the district." The organization announced on Monday morning its ratings for Brookhaven's municipal candidates based on their past support of the organization. While most candidates received two or three stars, Mitchell was the only candidate listed by the BPCA as …