Two months after voters in northern DeKalb County voted in favor of forming the city of Brookhaven, they are preparing to elect the city's first mayor and city council.
None of the three mayoral candidates have any experience serving in local government. One of them, 65-year-old Sandy Murray, voted against the cityhood referendum on July 31. Now, she wants to help get the new city of roughly 50,000 people off the ground.
"I still have some concerns about the haste with which we formed our city," she said. "Right now we don't have an operational budget, we have a committee who's working on it."
Her two opponents, 42-year-old J. Max Davis and 68-year-old Larry Danese, voted in favor of cityhood.
"We need to implement what we promised," said Danese, speaking of the need for better local services and more responsive government.
"The police department is job one," Davis said. "The less amount of time we have to contract with DeKalb police, the better."
The candidates will debate each other 7 p.m. Monday at Oglethorpe University.
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