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Mayoral runoff campaigns begin in Brookhaven
by LaTria Garnigan
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Kathryn Long, a Brookhaven resident for more than ten years, receives a sticker from poll clerk Lynn Paulus of Stone Mountain after voting at the Brookhaven Christian Church precinct.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Kathryn Long, a Brookhaven resident for more than ten years, receives a sticker from poll clerk Lynn Paulus of Stone Mountain after voting at the Brookhaven Christian Church precinct.
Sandy Murray
Sandy Murray
The new city of Brookhaven will have one more election this year Dec. 4 to once again vote for its inaugural mayor. With the Nov. 6 election resulting in a runoff, J. Max Davis and Sandy Murray will gain a few extra weeks to campaign once more as the new city’s top leader.

Davis walked away with 7,720 votes, or 48.6 percent, while Murray received 5,704 votes, or 35.9 percent.

Both candidates are no strangers to campaigning; having each ran for the District 80 State House of Representatives seat with Davis in 2004 and Murray in 2010.

Speaking on her experience in running for Brookhaven’s first mayor, Murray said not only has she run for public office before, but she has also worked on campaigns for others. She added her campaign pulled out all the stops to get residents involved.

“We used all the resources we could,” said Murray. “We did door-to-door, evenings and weekends, mailers and phone calls. We did just about every kind of way we could find to contact people.”

With the short amount of time before the runoff, Murray said she will switch up her campaign a bit, focusing more on personal contact and making sure she reaches the necessary voters.

During his campaign, Davis said he had a great experience connecting the voters with his campaign, which showed in his voting results numbers.

His campaign style also includes going door-to-door and phone calling — but Davis also held meet and greets in the homes of his supporters, as well as restaurants.

“I did meetings anywhere people wanted to meet and I would come and meet and talk with them,” he said.

On his continuing campaign before the runoff, Davis does not plan to change anything, but would like to replicate the results of last Tuesday.

“We’re just focused more on getting people out to vote,” he said.

Important issues for Murray regarding Brookhaven include getting the city started up as smoothly as possible, and looking at the promises made in the run up to the primary vote in July to make sure things are going to get delivered that citizens expect.

“The highest priority is setting up our own police precinct,” she said. “I expect it will take as much as six months to get that done.”

Davis would like to make sure Brookhaven has a firm financial foundation, as well as making sure the request for proposals process is thorough, open and transparent.

“Also, making sure our police department is efficient and up and running as soon as possible,” he added. “And making our city more pedestrian friendly so people can walk, bike to retail and neighborhoods to neighborhoods.”
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