Brookhaven, GA, August 31, 2015 – by Trey Benton – Three seats on Brookhaven’s City Council – District 1 City Council, District 3 City Council and Mayor – are up for grabs in the November 3rd Election Cycle.
On Monday, five contenders made their campaigns official as they filed paperwork with City Clerk Susan Hiott.
“I am very energized about running to become Brookhaven’s next mayor,” Mayoral Candidate John Ernst said. “We must bring our city together and put it to work for its citizens.”
Incumbent District 1 Council person Linley Jones told The Post, “I am qualifying this morning to keep the district 1 council seat in order to dedicate the next four years to working on the priorities of the citizens of Brookhaven.”
“I’m pleased to announce that I have qualified for Dist. 3 City Council,” District 3 Council Incumbent Bates Mattison said. “I’m proud of my service to Brookhaven and look forward to continuing to serve the constituents of District 3.”
Brookhaven Mayor, Rebecca Chase Williams qualified to run to retain her seat. Williams says that after she lays her recently deceased mother to rest, she will begin her campaign. “My mom was my rock and my inspiration,” said Williams. “I’m looking forward to a campaign kickoff at the appropriate time.”
Brookhaven resident and competitive eater Dale Boone also qualified to run for Mayor. “During my campaign for Mayor, I will champion a greater quality of life by working to lower taxes, reduce traffic congestion and protect our community by addressing the crime that is afflicting Brookhaven,” stated Boone.
Qualifying for the November 3, 2015 General Election is being held at the Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven, GA 30319 on Monday, August 31, 2015, Tuesday, September 1, and Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
The hours of qualifying shall be between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The qualifying fee for Mayor is $480, and District 1 and District 3 Council seats is $360.00 (3% of the annual salary).
According to the City, if a Run Off Election is necessary, it shall be held Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
Mayoral candidates must be a resident of the city of Brookhaven for at least 12 continuous months immediately prior to the election date, while candidates for city council must be a resident of the district for at least six continuous months immediately prior to the election.
Per the City Charter, the Council has staggered four-year terms. The terms for Council Districts 1 and 3 will expire at the administration of office of his or her successor elected in the regular election held in November, 2015 as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2.02. The term for mayor expires at the administration of office of his or her successor elected in the regular election held in November, 2015.
The terms for Council Districts 2 and 4 will expire at the administration of office of his or her successor elected in the regular election held in November, 2017.