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Posted by on August 30, 2012.

Brookhaven cityhood in-depth: the District 4 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 4.

Joe Gebbia

Occupation: Owner / Operator of Health Matters, Inc., a company specializing in bringing health-related products to health food stores.

Joe Gebbia

Neighborhood:  Pine Hills.

Why are you running for this post?

The initial decisions made by the city of Brookhaven’s City Council will have a profound impact on the character and fabric of the City for years to come. I want       to make sure the promises made during the “Brookhaven YES” Campaign are indeed kept and that the goals are met.

Why should the voters choose you?

My corporate background of working with several top Fortune 500 companies  (Standard Oil Co of Ohio, Procter & Gamble, Mobil) and my entrepreneurial experience of creating and           operating  Georgia / Atlanta based businesses for the past 20 years gives me a unique opportunity to provide a thorough and well structured approach to this decision making process.

I will work to have the outcome be one where the city is financially sound with an excellent Bond rating, where zoning decisions are made to protect real estate values for years to come, where the city is a magnet for new business that will help to develop an increased tax base, maintain low residential and business tax rates, and provide greater job opportunities for our residents.

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

There will be many pressing issues, but key to that list has to be initiating the process to create the Brookhaven police department. Safety is of paramount importance for any community and the establishment of a new police force must be completed in a careful and thorough manner. The vetting process will take time so I believe this must be a priority task for the new City Council. We can learn a lot from our sister cities who have already gone through this set up process and we must tap every available option to ensure we accept nothing less than the very best.

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Karen Lord

Karen Lord

Occupation: Orthopaedic Implant Sales

Neighborhood : Buckhead Place

Other community involvement: Dekalb GOP, DeKalb Young Republicans

Why are you running for this post?

I want to ensure that our city is established with fiscal responsibility being our first priority.

 Why should the voters choose you?

I believe in government transparency and saving their, as well as my, tax dollars from frivolous and unnecessary spending.  This starts with my proposal that city council members earn hourly minimum wage as opposed to an overinflated salary.  I want to serve our city, not myself.

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

Creating a budget that fulfills the immediate needs of our city in the most financially efficient way.  In turn, fewer tax dollars will be needed and the millage rate will be decreased.

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

 

Kerry A Witt

Occupation:President of Witt & Associates Inc. Real Estate Sales and Property Management

Kerry Witt

Other community involvement: Member of the Board Trustees at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church; served on the boards of the Grievance and Political Action Committees at the Atlanta Board of Realtors; member of the Brookhaven Community Connection; member of the Pine Hills zoning board.

Any past elective offices held:  Chair for Community Council Second District in DeKalb County and President of Pine Hills Neighborhood Association.

Why are you running for this post?

To make Brookhave a safe, desirable and affordable place for all of its residents.

Why should the voters choose you?

I have been a resident in this area for 30 years, and feel with the amount of community involvement that I have already given, by being deeply involved in zoning and security issues in this new Fourth District, that I have the best credentials for the position.

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

Establish a well trained police presence, strong leadership, be fiscally responsible and to represent the whole city as well as my district.

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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