Qualifying for the mayoral and city council seats up for grabs for the Nov. 6 special election ended last week.
And, with that, the abbreviated campaign season is officially underway. One city council race in particular will feature nine candidates.
The contenders in the race for Brookhaven mayor include J. Max Davis, Larry Danese, Sandy Murray and Thom Shepard.
Six candidates will challenge for the District 1 council seat. Those candidates are J.D. Clockadale, Alan Cole, Michelle Conlon, Kevin D. Fitzpatrick, Jr., Kevin Meaders and Rebecca Chase Williams.
In District 2, prospects Jim Eyre, Larry Hurst and Russell Mitchell are vying for that office.
District 3 saw the largest group of qualified candidates. Those in contention include Deborah Anthony, Hope Bawcom, Bates Mattison, Bridget O’Donnell, Ben Podgor, Kevin Quirk, Julia Russo, Gaye L. Stathis and Erik Steavens.
Joe Gebbia, Karen Lord, Frances R. Reedy and Kerry Witt are all campaigning for the District 4 council seat in Brookhaven.
Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis offered a bit of advice to whoever emerges as the victors in November’s special election — simply put, the will of the people is paramount.
“We in Dunwoody make choices based on the desires of our citizenry,” Davis said. “We, like Brookhaven, would not be here today if not for the choices, desire, and perseverance of those who fought to make Dunwoody a city and now benefit from smaller localized government.”
The citizens of Brookhaven will learn how to interact with their local government in a way they have never had before, he added.
“[Residents] will get timely responses, increased visibility, transparency, and interaction unique to local government,” Davis said. “All new cities have demanded this level of service and I trust Brookhaven will do the same.”
The eventual stewards of Brookhaven’s fiscal future — the same individuals who will claim victory at the polls — would do well to take a page out of Dunwoody’s governing playbook, said Dunwoody Finance Director Chris Pike.
“Each year since incorporation, our expenditures are under budget while our revenues come in over budget,” Pike said. “And, second, council has worked carefully and methodically to increase the services provided to the citizens only as our revenue sources began to materialize.
“By not trying to do too much too soon, council has delivered a responsible level of services which continue to increase as our means have increased.”