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Posted by on November 29, 2012.

Voter’s guide to Districts 3, 4 runoff elections

The Nov. 6 election narrowed the field, but most of the votes to choose the members of Brookhaven’s new government ended in runoffs. Only District 2 Brookhaven City Councilman Jim Eyre won election outright. Brookhaven voters return to the polls Dec. 4 to choose a mayor and three additional members of the council.

Here are the candidates for the District 3 and 4 council seats. Some of their answers were provided before the Nov. 6 election and some more recently, in anticipation of the runoff.

Click here for a Q and A with city’s mayoral, District 1 candidates.

 

District 3

Bates Mattison

Bates Mattison

Bates Mattison

Occupation: Business development manager at Cosmetic & Laser Specialists

Neighborhood: Brookhaven Fields

Community involvement: Past president and board member, Brookhaven Fields Civic Association

Why should the voters choose you?

I have been involved with Brookhaven issues for the 15 years I’ve lived in Brookhaven. As a native Atlantan, I have seen both Brookhaven and greater Atlanta grow and change over the last four decades. I have worked with many District 3 neighborhood organizations to promote issues important to our constituents before the county and local businesses. As a business owner, I understand the importance of a responsive local government in addressing the concerns of our economic development.

Our new city needs effective leadership to communicate and develop solutions to the issues facing Brookhaven. I believe I have the background, leadership and vision to produce the results Brookhaven deserves.

What separates you from the other candidate in the race?

I believe I have a unique set of qualifications which make me the better choice. My 20 years in healthcare management, MBA in International Business, and ability to dedicate time and passion are the “right” skills needed to ensure the success of our new city. The city of Brookhaven is a “start-up” organization which will require effective project management, execution of our strategy and sharp fiscal management. I am a fiscal conservative who will deliver the best value for our taxpayers’ dollars.

 

Kevin Quirk

Kevin Quirk

Kevin Quirk

Occupation: Attorney

Neighborhood: Historic Brookhaven

Community involvement: Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association, past Board member; Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and School finance committee; basketball coach, Catholic Metro League of Atlanta; past leader, children’s liturgy, Marist School; Marist Way home discussion group leader.

Why should the voters choose you?

I believe my professional and neighborhood experience, along with a diligent nature, will enable me to meet the demands of the council position.

As an attorney representing corporate and individual clients in various types of lawsuits, nearly every case I handle presents a challenging situation requiring hard work and sound judgment in order to bring the case to a conclusion.

As a citizen who served as a Board member of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association, I worked with neighbors and with DeKalb County officials to successfully oppose a zoning variance that would have allowed for the construction of 30 residences where four formerly had stood.

I also worked with fellow neighbors toward installation of speed tables on a perilous stretch of road in our neighborhood.

What separates you from the other candidate in the race?

An attorney since 1989, I initially worked at the United States Department of Justice and have worked for the past 20 years in private practice.

My experience as an attorney will assist me in representing the citizens of District 3.

My family and I have lived in Brookhaven for 19 years. I have have had direct involvement in zoning and traffic issues on behalf of my neighbors.

 

District 4

Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia

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

Neighborhood: Pine Hills

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 separates you from the other candidate in the race?

When the City Council is sworn in on Dec. 17, we will all be first time City Council representatives. And yes, as much as this will be an on-the-job training experience, the time and effort made in getting ready to fill this position is what truly sets me aside from my opponent.

I attended every mandatory and optional training program offered by the Governor’s Commission. I attended all but one of the Brookhaven Commission meetings. I invested hours in researching and discussing issues of interest to my constituents, attended many of the open forums and personally knocked on almost every door of the 4th District to learn the real concerns of each neighborhood. I am also older, more mature and bring more life experiences to this position.

 

Karen Lord

Karen Lord

Occupation: Orthopaedic implant sales

Neighborhood: Buckhead Place

Community involvement: DeKalb GOP; DeKalb Young Republicans

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 an hourly minimum wage as opposed to an overinflated salary. I want to serve our city, not myself.

What separates you from the other candidate in the race?

She did not respond to this question.

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