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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:52 pm | Updated: 7:02 pm, Mon Aug 13, 2012.

DEKALB CEO: Burrell Ellis 60.37% Jerome Edmonson 19.16% Gregory Adams 20.47%

COUNTY COMMISSIONER SUPER DISTRICT 6: Kathie Gannon 75.08% Edmond Richardson 24.92%

DEKALB COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 1: Elaine Boyer 76.53% Larry Danese 23.47%

CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT: Debra Deberry 60.78% Oretha Brown-John 13.45% John Carter 12.45% Frank Swindle 5.71% Cheryl Vortice 7.61%

TAX COMMISSIONER: Claudia Lawson 85.53% Melvin Tukes 14.47%

SUPERIOR COURT: Gail Flake 72.08% Michael Rothenberg 27.78%

STATE COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 6: Dax Lopez 56.98% Dionne McGee 42.92%

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DISTRICT 8: Pam Speaks 51.74% Michelle Clark 48%

TSPLOST: Yes 48.69% No 51.31%


• Rep. Ballot:

Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?: Yes 51.28% No 48.72%

Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?: Yes 88.51% No 11.49%

Should active duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons license? : Yes 64.97% No 35.03%

Should Citizens who wish to vote in a primary election be required to register by their political party affiliation at least thirty (30) days prior to such primary election?: Yes 37.76% No 64.24%

Life Amendment Question: Yes 51.26% No 48.74%

• Dem. ballot:

Should the Georgia Constitution be amended to allow the state to override locally-elected school boards’ decisions when it comes to the creation of charter schools in your county or city?: Yes 42.60% No 57.40%

Do you support ending current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?:  Yes 77.62% No 22.38%

Should Georgia adopt an income tax credit for home energy costs to support the economic security of our families? Yes 80.69% No 19.31%

Should Georgia reduce sales taxes on Made in Georgia products so as to support the growth of small businesses in our state?: Yes 85.63% No 14.37%


With final votes in, voters decided to create the new city of Brookhaven in DeKalb County by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. It was after midnight before all votes were in, but the final tally showed 5,939 voting “yes” and 4,928 voting “no.” Brookhaven will be the seventh city to incorporate since Sandy Springs and the second in DeKalb County, following Dunwoody in 2008. Brookhaven with 49,000 residents will be the largest in the county and one of the state of Georgia's 15 largest cities.

Brookhaven was decided by the closest vote among Georgia's new cities. The city of Dunwoody, for instance, was approved by voters by a margin of 81 percent to 19 percent. The city of Sandy Springs was approved by more than 90 percent of voters.

Precinct returns in Brookhaven showed that north Brookhaven, closest to Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, supported the new city, while central and southern Brookhaven were more skeptical. Still, city proponents carried six of the 12 precincts including two south of Peachtree Road.

City supporters celebrated at a Pub 71 in Brookhaven, with “Brookhaven Yes” president J. Max Davis thanking all those who worked for cityhood from conception to the tough legislative fight to the months of campaigning.

“We have the best group of volunteers,” said Davis. “We were disciplined, we stuck to our guns and we told the truth.” With television cameras rolling Davis said,” The people made their choice. This is a great moment. We have a big job ahead. I’d like to offer my hand to the opposition to work with us. We have a lot of work to do to lay the foundation of this city.”

State Representative Mike Jacobs (R-north DeKalb) who sponsored the cityhood bill added, “Now it’s time to come together, proponents and opponents to build something great, the city of Brookhaven.”

Precinct reports (unoffical):

Ashford Dunwoody/St, Martin's  - 623-403

Ashford Park Elementary - 391-476

Ashford Parkside - 469-273

Briarwood Recreation Center - 310-289

Brookhaven-University Baptist Church - 411-505

Cross Keys High School - 231-212

Montclair Elementary - 70-113

Montgomery Elementary - 970-448

Kittredge Elementary - 161-81

Silver Lake - 512-589

Skyland Elementary - 288-430

Woodward Elementary - 208-270

Final Totals: 5939 (55%) YES / 4928 (45%) NO 

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  • Brookhaven Doubter posted at 1:57 pm on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    Brookhaven Doubter Posts: 1

    Congrats to the City of Brookhaven. Does have a nice ring to it.
    You think the battle for the city was hard, now the work towards reconciliation needs to begin. Hopefully the name calling and insulting comments everyone on both sides made about each other have not cut too deeply.
    The City vote was a bit concerning that there appears to be a north/south divide in the population already. Hopefully that can be over come by someone stepping forward to run for mayor that can build consensus.
    Running a City is nothing like running a campaign to become a city. All the BS and pros and cons go out the window. Those that won need not goat as I assure you that there will be problems. Those that lost need to put it behind them and now work towards making Brookhaven a strong , viable and great City.

    I suggest you look far outside the leadership of the Pro City folks and find a leader .
    You have won the battle, but you still need to win the peace.

  • ChrisK posted at 11:18 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 1

    I will truly miss the digital "NoCity" billboard on Ptree by the Brookhaven Marta. It was the most ironic/funniest part of my ride home.

    Money well spent eh? *golf clap


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