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Brookhaven may have to pay for runoffs
by Bobby Tedder
September 18, 2012 06:47 PM | 2039 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DeKalb County is footing the bill for the upcoming Brookhaven mayoral and city council elections — at least until the city-to-be comes of age.

County officials estimate the tab to run around $30,000, a sum Brookhaven is required to pay back within two years.

Those projections are based on what recently incorporated Dunwoody, which has roughly the same number of precincts, had to pay for its initial Election Day activities, said DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections Director H. Maxine Daniels.

“There are costs associated with these elections … including paying poll workers, database preparation, mailing precinct cards to voters,” Daniels said.

The overall cost is relatively small, which owes to the fact that the Brookhaven elections are being held in conjunction with the November General Election, she noted.

But, the specter of unfinished business on Election Day looms large. Brookhaven would be tasked with paying the entire cost of a runoff election provided there are no run-offs elsewhere in the county, which Daniels tabbed a likely scenario. “The rest of our races in DeKalb either involve a situation where someone is running unopposed or there are only two people running,” Daniels said.

Brookhaven, whose population will number somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000, officially becomes a municipality Dec. 17. Its prospective leaders have come to the fore and can currently be seen around town on the campaign trail leading up to the Nov. 6 special election. The contenders in the race for Brookhaven’s first mayor, all of them long-time DeKalb residents, include Larry Danese, J. Max Davis, Sandy Murray and Thom Shepard.

Danese, a 30-year DeKalb County resident, is a retired engineer who operates two small businesses. Murray, the lone woman in the race and nine-year Brookhaven resident, is a small business owner. Davis is an attorney who has lived in Brookhaven for four decades. Shepard is an urban farmer/conservationist and film and TV technician.

The races for the four city council seats up for grabs also feature crowded fields. Six candidates will challenge for the District 1 office, three in District 2, nine in District 3 and four in District 4.

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