“It feels great,” Davis said of winning the race for mayor in Tuesday’s runoff election. “It was a hard fought race, and I’m glad the citizens of Brookhaven chose me to be their first mayor.”
Davis garnered 65.5 percent of the vote, beating opposing candidate Sandy Murray for the city’s top government position by about 2,000 votes.
The newly elected mayor will immediately get to work, meeting with the elected city councilmembers today about where the temporary city hall should be.
“The next thing will be finding a city manager and city clerk and then getting a budget and building a police force,” Davis added.
He said his hope for Brookhaven is that the city will be the “jewel of the Southeast” in the next five to 10 years.
He said he also intends for the city to have a responsive, accountable open government.
Davis, an attorney and lifelong resident of Brookhaven was the frontrunner in the Nov. 6 election, earning 48 percent of the vote while competing against three other candidates.
As president of Brookhaven Yes, he was a key player in the movement to charter Brookhaven as a city.
Supporter Clayton Conarro, a volunteer with Brookhaven Yes and with Davis’ mayoral campaign, said the new mayor has spent considerable time learning how to get the city started correctly.
“J. Max was for the city from the beginning,” Conarro said. “He’s interested in helping build a city that will benefit his young family and all the other young families that are here and that will come.”
Dale Bennett, another supporter, said Davis will champion better schools, a better police force and better code enforcement than DeKalb County has done in the past.
He said he views the election as successful and the city’s future as prosperous.
Though Tuesday night’s election results do not include the results of the city’s provisional ballots, those results would not change Davis’ lead over his opponent.
DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections Director H. Maxine Daniels said there was a low turnout of provisional voters with only 62 residents voting in person during last week’s early voting period.
Out of the 760 absentee ballots the elections office mailed out, only 363 were returned to the city as of Monday at 4 p.m., she added.
Only 6,371 of the 28,561 registered voters cast their ballots at the polls Tuesday, compared to a total of 16,701 residents who voted in the mayoral race during the Nov. 6 special election.