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Brookhaven mayoral campaign heats up

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Two of the four mayoral candidates vying to become the first leader in the new city of Brookhaven are coming down the stretch of the electoral cycle defending attacks from one another.

Sandy Murray and J. Max Davis both allege major shortcomings in the other. Murray has accused Davis of taking large campaign donations from vendors who might work with the city in the future.

"It appears we would have companies that are paying to play in the new city of Brookhaven," said Murray. "The points I've been making about J. Max Davis' campaign have been uncomfortable for him."

Davis said he has been completely open and transparent about all aspects of his campaign finances.

"Anybody in the city of Brookhaven is potentially regulated by the city, any company is a potential vendor," said Davis. "So by (Murray's) logic, there would be no company that could give money to any campaign to exercise their free speech."

Murray also has had to answer questions about her motives in running for mayor after she was so vocal against the cityhood referendum in July.

"No, I don't think I (made a mistake campaigning against cityhood)," she said. "You know I'm 100 percent behind our community as someone who's been a community leader for a number of years."

"I did work on the 'No City' side, not because I was against having a city, but because I was very concerned that we hadn't done the homework that we needed to do in advance."

There are two other candidates running for mayor. Larry Danese, a 68-year-old retired businessman, is one of them. He said he voted in favor of cityhood.

Thom Shepard, 44, recently said he suspended his campaign, because he wanted to be involved in the governor's commission to help recruit candidates for city manager and city clerk, and said he was not allowed to do that and also run for mayor. Shepard was not present at two of the three debates, but made an appearance at the most recent debate Monday at the United Methodist Church in Brookhaven. He said he was never off the ballot, and is re-engaging in the campaign.

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