With the decision by Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis to run in a special election for a state House seat, a game of political musical chairs is unfolding in the city.
The city council was expected Tuesday night to vote on an interim successor to Davis to serve until his term ends Dec. 31. Mayor pro-tem Rebecca Chase Williams, who represents the northern part of the city, was expected to be chosen.
She will have until election qualifying in September to decide if she wants to seek a full term.
“I guess it’s kind of a test drive,” she said.
Under the Brookhaven charter, Williams will choose and council must approve a councilor to replace her. That choice was said to be Linley Jones, a Cambridge Park resident and president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Jones was graduated from Emory University and the Georgia State University law school.
Before Brookhaven became a city, Jones was active in the research and advocacy groups.
Davis and others are scrambling for a state House seat because state Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven) was sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal to the state court of DeKalb County.
A special, non-partisan election will take place July 14 and campaign signs are going up.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Davis. “Now that I’ve qualified, I’m ready to take my successful record and positive ideas to the voters throughout the district. It will be an intense, fast campaign and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Davis will be seeking the seat long held by his father, Max Davis, until he lost in a Republican primary to now-state-senator Fran Millar.
Also qualifying was Catherine Bernard, a Republican, who ran against Jacobs last year, winning 25 percent of the vote.
They are joined by another Republican attorney, Loren Collins, and a Democrat, Taylor Bennett. He is an attorney and former quarterback at Georgia Tech.
Brookhaven began its public hearings on the city millage rate last night. Two more hearings are set, one for June 16 at 6 p.m. and one for July 7 at 7 p.m. Council will vote then to set the millage rate. It is currently being advertised at 2.795 mills, the same as the current rate.