Ashford Neighbors, an organization that campaigned against the creation of a city of Brookhaven, is asking Gov. Nathan Deal to name two city opponents to the commission the governor appoints to organize the new city.

Brookhaven voters approved creation of the new city in an election July 31. About 55 percent of the voters backed the city.

Ashford Neighbors has posted on its web page [] a petition for residents to electronically sign and send to Deal. The petition notes that nearly half the voters cast ballots against the city and says. “please give us representation on the interim commission.”

“Since this vote was so close, we want two No-City group people to be appointed by you to give us equal representation on the five-member interim commission to form the city. Recognizing the closeness of this election requires oversight by the No side to make sure all citizens of the new city are represented.”

The petition also asks that Deal publicly names the people he is considering for the commission before he appoints them.

By appointing members from both sides, you will help heal the community and bring us back together,” the petition says.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.