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Posted by on August 29, 2012.

Brookhaven cityhood in-depth: the District 2 candidates

The Brookhaven Reporter reached out to all the candidates to learn a little more about them and ask them about their reasons for running. Here are the candidates running for District 2.

Jim Eyre

Jim Eyre

Occupation:  Partner in a small commercial real estate firm

Neighborhood : Ashford Park

Past offices held:  None

Why are you running for this post?

After years of neighborhood involvement, I understand the District 2 issues as well as anyone.  Therefore, I feel the appropriate next step is to embrace the new reality that is the city of Brookhaven and continue my community service as a District 2 councilperson.

Why should the voters choose you?

As City Council member for District 2, I will continue my current efforts to promote and protect the Ashford Park and Drew Valley communities.

What is the first thing the new city government of Brookhaven should do?

First and foremost, the city of Brookhaven must have a professional police force with sufficient personnel and resources to not only respond to crime in the area but also work to actually reduce crime in Brookhaven.

The city of Brookhaven must be fiscally responsible with a balanced budget that is a roadmap to a sustainable future with spending priorities established rationally and available funds allocated accordingly.

Brookhaven parks should reflect the needs of local neighborhoods while providing amenities for a broader user group when space is available.  It is critical that our parks be maintained to provide citizens who use them a strong sense of pride in their community.

Brookhaven must provide its citizens, through web-based applications, a level of transparency that is unmatched in a traditional municipal government with access to every possible aspect of city government from wherever or whenever they chose.

Video Profile: This candidate has not filmed a video profile.  The Brookhaven Reporter has invited all candidates to participate. To make an appointment, call Associate Editor and Digital Content Manager Dan Whisenhunt at 404-917-2200, ext. 113 or email him at danwhisenhunt@reporternewspapers.net 

 

Larry Hurst

Larry Hurst

Occupation: Sales Manager, Halco Lubricants

Neighborhood:  Drew Valley

Past offices held:  none

Why are you running for this post?

To help the City serve the people of Brookhaven instead of the people serving the City.  The City should not become just another layer of government.  Instead, the City’s mandate should always include: low taxes; effective services; reasonable zoning and common sense enforcement;  an effective and responsible police force whose number one priority is reduction of crime (especially burglary); city employees should never forget that the tax payers of Brookhaven are their customers, not simply a source of revenue.  City salaries and benefits must be kept in check to assure taxes stay low and government intrusion in our lives is minimized.  This requires term limits (max of 3 terms) for all elected officials, and limits on city borrowing and debt.

Our parks need immediate investment including better facilities and security and our roads need improving.  Red lights should be synchronized and street lights added. The city should always respect private property rights in its decisions

What do you think should be the first task of the new city government in Brookhaven?

The city’s charter is our most important task.  How city leaders create the rules that will govern the city – and most importantly limit its powers to tax and borrow – is our most important task.  If we don’t get this right, the city will eventually become just another bloated layer of government whose leaders treat the people that live here as sources of revenue and votes.

The city of Brookhaven has all the ingredients to become a very special place to live in Atlanta.  But this can only be accomplished if City leaders always strive to improve the City (not themselves), and at the same time respect every dollar the tax payers (individuals and businesses) worked so hard for to provide.

Video Profile: This candidate has not filmed a video profile.  The Brookhaven Reporter has invited all candidates to participate. To make an appointment, call Associate Editor and Digital Content Manager Dan Whisenhunt at 404-917-2200, ext. 113 or email him at danwhisenhunt@reporternewspapers.net 

 

Russell Mitchell  

Occupation:Financial Management

Russell Mitchell

Neighborhood: Drew Valley

Position you are running for: City Council District #2

Any past elective offices held: No

Other community involvement: Citizens for North DeKalb & Brookhaven Yes

Why are you running for this post?

I have dedicated over a year to the cityhood effort and I feel that I have a continued commitment to my community to utilize the skills I have learned to help lay the foundation needed to ensure the success of the city. I also feel that I am the most qualified in my district to do so. My experience working with the City of Dunwoody provides me with first-hand knowledge of managing the finances for a newly created city. Additionally, my personal experiences serving as a board member of both Citizens for North DeKalb and Brookhaven Yes, gives me a profound understanding of the strengths and challenges the city will face in its first years.

Why should the voters choose you?

I am the only candidate that has prior local government experience in a newly incorporated city in DeKalb County. My district needs a representative who understands local government. I believe my education and professional experiences in finance will prove to be highly valuable to the new City of Brookhaven.

I’m confident voters want to see the city succeed, whether they were for or against cityhood. I will ensure that the promises made during the campaign for cityhood are delivered and every voice in our district is heard.

What do you think should be the first task of the new city government in Brookhaven?

I believe the first task of the new city government should be appointing the most qualified and capable candidates to hit the ground running on day one of the new city. A carefully selected city manager and police chief are critical to getting off to the right start. Equally important is establishing a budget that supports the investments needed to positively impact our community now and in the years to come.

Video Profile: This candidate has not filmed a video profile.  The Brookhaven Reporter has invited all candidates to participate. To make an appointment, call Associate Editor and Digital Content Manager Dan Whisenhunt at 404-917-2200, ext. 113 or email him at danwhisenhunt@reporternewspapers.net 

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