Brookhaven, GA, June 25, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven District 2 City Councilman John Park has announced he will be running for reelection. District 2 includes all or portions of neighborhoods such as Ashford Park, Drew Valley and Brookhaven Fields. (See Map here) The 2017 election will be held on November 7th and Councilmembers are elected to serve 4-year terms and have no term limits. Park won the seat outright in 2014 with 59% of the vote.
“Although we’ve accomplished a lot together, there’s still work left to be done,” Park told The Post. “I’m running to continue to protect parks and greenspace, achieve balanced growth, and provide efficient city services.” Park notes that during the course of his first term, Brookhaven has acquired or is in the process of acquiring over 50-acres of Greenspace.
“We’ve balanced the distribution of capital projects to all the districts whether they be storm water management, parks, or sidewalks,” Park explains. “We’ve passed legislation to mitigate the issues that come with growth. For example, we passed an ordinance to require storm water retention on almost all new construction. We’ve brought in new management to improve delivery of city services through the establishment of processes that are consistent, measurable, and flexible.”
If elected to a second term, Park says he will focus on:
- Continuing to listen to and understand lifelong residents as well as all our new neighbors and make sure they are heard.
- Putting the city on sound financial footing in preparation for major improvements to our infrastructure and parks.
- Ensuring that our new zoning code reflects the will of the people of Brookhaven.
A Software Engineer and once serving as technical consultant for Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness at the CDC, Park was born in South Korea and moved to the United States at the age of six. He is a resident of Ashford Park.
Official qualifying will take place between Wednesday, August 23, 2017 and Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Brookhaven City Clerk’s Office. Each candidate must pay a $360 qualifying fee and must meet the qualifications of the Charter and Code of the City of Brookhaven, as well as all applicable state and constitutional laws.
Brookhaven’s District 4 Councilman Joe Gebbia told The Post he will also be seeking reelection in November. Gebbia and District 3 Councilman Bates Mattison have held office since the City incorporated. Both have run unopposed since.