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Brookhaven mayoral race heads to runoff
by Nicole Dow
November 07, 2012 01:13 AM | 6018 views | 6 6 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Sandy Murray
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Sandy Murray
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Brookhaven residents will be waiting until the Dec. 4 runoff election to find out who will be the first mayor of the newly established city.

Tuesday night’s election results from Brookhaven’s 12 precincts show that candidates J. Max Davis and Sandy Murray were the top runners for mayor but neither earned more than the necessary 50 percent plus one vote.

With slightly more than 2,000 votes than Murray, Davis received 48.6 percent of votes while Murray took in 35.9 percent. Tuesday night’s voter tally did not include the results of the city’s provisional ballots.

Davis, a lifelong resident of Brookhaven, led the race for much of the night. He said if chosen mayor, he looks forward to working to make the city “the jewel of the South in the next five years.”

As president of Brookhaven Yes, Davis helped lead the charge to charter Brookhaven as a city. Among his priorities if chosen as mayor, he said he would focus on building a police department, improving parks, creating more sidewalks and selecting city service providers through a competitive bidding process.

Murray, a Brookhaven resident of about 10 years, said she has similar goals for the new city. If chosen as mayor, Murray said she would work to build a police department, create an open and transparent government and look into making the city more pedestrian friendly and safer for bicyclists.

“We’ll develop a plan, which the governor’s commission has started very nicely, and we’ll just start working towards accomplishing our goals one by one,” she said.

A total of 15,866 Brookhaven residents cast their ballots for mayor.

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