Brookhaven City Council election results. Run-offs in 4 races
The road ahead for the new city of Brookhaven will involve another election before the new city’s government is officially in place.
Out of the five races for City Council on the Nov. 6 ballot, only one produced a clear winner. Jim Eyre won the District 2 seat with 54.63 percent of the vote. In the mayor’s race, J. Max Davis and Sandy Murray were the two leading candidates after all the votes were counted.
Sandy Murray chats with supporters gathered at a friend’s home for an election night party.
The mayoral race had taken a negative turn in recent weeks, but both candidates were largely upbeat Tuesday evening.
Davis said he plans to begin campaigning for the runoff. He said he was hoping to avoid a runoff because he believes it will delay the important work of setting up the new city.
“I’m just happy I was the leading vote getter,” he said.
Murray said it will be challenging to get voters excited about showing up to the polls on Dec. 4, but said she was looking forward to the runoff.
“I’m really excited about our new city and the potential we have to make it something we all enjoy living and participating in,” Murray said.
J. Max Davis talks to supporters gathered for an election night party at Pub 71.
Eyre, in District 2, said he was glad to have his election out of the way.
“I think the campaign was the easy part,” Eyre said. “Now the real work begins. I’m just glad it’s over and I’m glad I ended up as a council person. I’m ready to get to work and do what’s best for Brookhaven.”
The runoff will be held on Dec. 4, only days before the city officially opens for business on Dec. 17.
The following candidates will advance to the Dec. 4 runoff.
Rebecca Chase Williams
Kevin D. Fitzpartick Jr.
The unofficial results:
Mayor – 12 of 12 precincts Total votes
Larry Danese 10.32% 1,637
J. Max Davis 48.66% 7,720
Sandy Murray 35.51% 5,704
Thom Shepard 5.07% 805
District 1 — 4 of 4 precincts reporting
Alan Cole 18.58% 1,073
Michelle Conlon 4.78% 276
Kevin D. Fitzpartick Jr. 19.44% 1,123
Kevin Meaders 12.00% 693
Rebecca Chase Williams 45.20% 2,611
District 2 — 4 of 4 precincts reporting
Jim Eyre 54.63% 1,782
Larry Hurst 13.64% 445
Russell Mitchell 31.73% 1,035
District 3 — 5 of 5 precincts reporting
Deborah Anthony 17.60% 726
Hope Bawcom 12.42% 512
Bates Mattison 21.22% 875
Bridget O’Donnell 6.57% 271
Ben Podgor 2.23% 92
Kevin Quirk 20.97% 865
Julia Russo 12.20% 503
Gaye L. Stathis 1.48% 61
Erik Steavens 5.31% 219
District 4 — 4 of 4 precincts
Joe Gebbia 39.75% 820
Karen Lord 34.27% 707
Kerry Witt 25.98% 536