Residents of the new city of Brookhaven may have to wait a little longer to find out who will be leading their city.
By press time Nov. 6, the race for mayor of Brookhaven and several city council posts remained neck-and-neck, yielding no clear winners.
Attorney and small-business owner J. Max Davis was leading by 48.66 percent of the votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Ashford Alliance President Sandy Murray trailed Davis with 35.95 percent.
“I’m cautiously optimistic; I’m excited,” Davis said. “I know I’ve got the most votes but I want to make sure it’s over 50 percent.
Davis said if he is elected mayor, the next step for him is “building the city immediately.”
“Doing that and making sure we bring the city together after the somewhat contentious cityhood vote,” Davis said. “There was some negativity directed at me during this campaign and now I’m ready to put all that behind me and move forward to build the city for all the citizens of Brookhaven.”
Also running for mayor was retired operations manager and engineer Larry Danese and motion picture film technician and preservationist Thom Shepard. Danese received 10.32 percent of the vote and Shepard trailed with 5.07 percent.
Residents also voted for the 20 candidates running for four Brookhaven City Council posts.
At press time, results showed Council District 1 candidate Rebecca Chase Williams leading with 45.20 percent of the vote and candidate Alan Cole trailing with 18.58 percent of the vote.
The only clear winner at press time was Council District 2 candidate Jim Eyre, a real estate broker and board member of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Association, who received 54.63 percent of the vote. Eyre garnered 1,782 ballots with Russell Mitchell trailing at 31.73 percent with 1,035 ballots in his favor.
Council District 3, which had nine candidates running for the seat, had no clear winner by press time. Healthcare administrator Bates Mattison garnered 21.22 percent of the votes with attorney Kevin Quirk trailing close behind with 20.97 percent.
Joe Gebbia was leading the race for Council District 4 post, with 39.75 percent of the votes. Karen Lord trailed Gebbia with 32.47 percent. Kerry Witt closely trailed Gebbia and Lord with 25.98 percent.
After Brookhaven residents voted in favor of cityhood during the July 31 general elections, Gov.Nathan Deal appointed a volunteer commission to help ease the formation of a new government.
“They’ve made our task much less daunting by the amount of work they’ve put in,” Davis said of the commission. “They’ve done a great job and I extend my sincere gratitude to all the members on the commission as well as the citizen volunteers.”
Each term of office lasts until 2015 the city will be officially established on Dec. 17.