Category: Politics

Local legislators’ town hall set for Oct. 21 in Brookhaven

DeKalb County residents wanting to learn more about what is going on in the state legislature can attend an Oct. 21 town hall at Brookhaven City Hall to get updates from local legislators. State Rep. Sally Harrell, whose district includes Brookhaven and Dunwoody, and state Rep. Matthew Wilson of Brookhaven whose district includes a portion of Sandy Springs, are hosting the DeKalb County Legislative Delegation town hall from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. Both legislators are Democrats. The town hall will include a recap of the General Assembly’s 2019 session as well as...

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Early voting in Brookhaven, Dunwoody city elections starts Oct. 14; sample ballot available

Brookhaven and Dunwoody citizens are headed to the polls to elect new mayors and new council members and can cast a ballot before Election Day beginning Oct. 14. Early voting in both cities runs weekdays, Oct. 14 through Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is no voting on the weekends. Election Day is Nov. 5. In Brookhaven, early voting is at Briarwood Recreation Center, 2235 Briarwood Way. Dunwoody’s early voting is at the Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. Read about the candidates in the Reporter’s Dunwoody Voters Guide and Brookhaven Voters Guide.  The Reporter Newspapers is holding...

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APS chief blasts tax breaks, defends job; gains Buckhead Council support

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen renewed her blistering criticisms of tax breaks on luxury developments — while acknowledging such stances may have cost her the job — at an Oct. 10 meeting where the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods agreed to join her advocacy. Carstarphen’s Buckhead appearance came a month after the Atlanta Board of Education controversially and still somewhat mysteriously said it had decided not to extend her contract. That makes for an awkward situation where she has about eight more months to serve under her current contract and is actively stumping for the board to reverse its decision....

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Letter: Dunwoody is blessed to have tough choices between candidates

How many times have we pondered, “It’s the choice between two evils,” prior to an election? Dunwoody is truly blessed by a group of candidates that are known as active, community members, each with their own ideas on how to improve the city. Dunwoody’s election challenge is differentiating between candidates. One differentiating factor for me is how well the candidate succeeds at working with others to achieve consensus. Another differentiating factor is track record. The last is faith. Consensus is four votes on City Council. The mayor has no special power — by design. My support for Terry Nall...

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Trump impeachment protesters face off at U.S. Rep. McBath’s Sandy Springs office

The war in Washington over the House-led impeachment investigation into President Trump came to Sandy Springs on Oct. 9 as protesters converged on U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath’s office for the second time in a week. McBath voted last month to begin an impeachment inquiry into the president, making her a target of the Republican National Committee’s new “Stop the Madness” campaign. Local Democrats want to make sure the RNC knows McBath has support in the 6th Congressional District and organized their own rally as a counter-protest. McBath bashed the RNC and the “Stop the Madness Atlanta” protest in a...

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Tea Party members protest impeachment at U.S. Rep. McBath’s Sandy Springs office

A handful of members of the Tea Party Patriots held signs outside U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath’s Sandy Springs office on Oct. 2 to protest House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. McBath, a Democrat, did not make an appearance and her office did not respond to a request for comment. Jenny Beth Martin, chairperson of the group’s Citizens Fund, broadcast live on Facebook from the Lakeside office complex at 5775 Glenridge Drive. “We are standing here right now letting her and people who are in this district know that we support President Trump,” Martin said during the broadcast....

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Commentary: Voting against Ethics Act is most ethical choice

This November, DeKalb County voters will head to the polls to vote on revisions to an Ethics Act passed in 2015 by 92% of voters. The ballot will have no explanation of the revisions, and voters should not be fooled. This legislation does not revise the Board of Ethics. It guts it. How? By undermining the board’s independence, putting up roadblocks for reporting ethics concerns, and compromising the professionalism and efficiency of the board and staff. There are three key issues with the ethics bill: First, there is the matter of independence. The bill undermines the independence of the...

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Voters Guide to Nov. 5 Dunwoody city elections

Dunwoody voters will elect a new mayor and two new City Council members on Nov. 5. All of the councilmembers on the ballot are elected by citywide votes. The Reporter asked the candidates in those races about their background and positions. To see their answers, click their photo below. City Councilmember John Heneghan, who is running unopposed in District 3, chose to publish his answers elsewhere. Mayor Current City Councilmembers Lynn Deutsch and Terry Nall are vying for the position of mayor. Incumbent Denis Shortal chose not to run for reelection. City Council District 1 Stacey Harris and Robert...

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Voters Guide to Nov. 5 Brookhaven city elections

Brookhaven voters will elect a mayor and a new District 3 City Council member on Nov. 5. In District 1, City Councilmember Linley Jones is running unopposed. The Reporter asked the candidates about their background and positions. For their answers, click their photo below. Mayor In the mayoral race, incumbent John Ernst faces a challenge from Jennifer “Jen” Heath. City Council District 3 In the District 3 race, Dimitrius Owens and Madeleine Simmons are vying for a seat that will be left open by incumbent Bates Mattison, who chose not to run for reelection. City Council District 1 Incumbent...

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Brookhaven community members share thoughts on diversity at ‘Civic Dinner’

Seated around a table while eating a plate of Middle Eastern food, several people from the Brookhaven community shared their thoughts and ideas on how to make the places they work, worship and study more welcoming to all people. The group included representatives from the local mosque and a local synagogue, the owner of Buckhead Fight Club in Northeast Plaza, the outreach director at the Cowart Family YMCA, a senior at Marist School and an affordable housing expert. They were invited to participate in the Sept. 18 “Civic Dinner” by City Councilmember Joe Gebbia. The dinner was held at...

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Brookhaven Reporter to host Oct. 16 candidate forum for city elections

Editor’s Note: The time for this forum has changed from the original announcement. The Brookhaven Reporter will host an Oct. 16 candidate forum for the mayoral and City Council races. The candidates in the competitive races for mayor and the District 3 City Council seat have been invited to participate and have confirmed their attendance. The forum will be moderated by John Ruch, the Reporter’s managing editor. The forum will run 6:30 to 8 p.m., with doors open at 6 p.m., at Oglethorpe University in the Trustee Room of the Turner Lynch Campus Center, located at the university’s entrance...

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Brookhaven mayor’s town hall to focus on ‘diversity and inclusion’

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst will hold his next town hall on Sept. 19 at the Latin American Association with the topic of discussion focusing on “Diversity and Inclusion in the city of Brookhaven.” The town hall will be 6-7 p.m. The LAA is located at 2750 Buford Highway. The town hall meeting is being held during “Welcoming Week” Sept. 13-22 that recognizes immigrants and Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15. “Given that this monthly town hall meeting falls between two very important immigration awareness events, I believe that this is a unique opportunity to bring the meeting to the...

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