Thom Shepard

One of the four candidates for mayor of the new city of Brookhaven says he is pulling out of the race.

“It is with a heavy heart that I withdraw,” Thom Shepard said Oct. 3.

Shepard confirmed his decision during a mayoral candidates’ debate at Ashford Park Elementary School. He said he would officially withdraw from the race on Oct. 4 and would discuss his reasons then.

“It’s not an easy decision,” he said.

Shepard’s decision to end his campaign was announced from the stage before the debate among candidates Larry Danese, J. Max Davis and Sandy Murray. Shepard had been scheduled to take part in the debate, but instead listened from the audience.

Shepard said he intends to remain involved in efforts to organize the government of the city of Brookhaven. The new city, approved by the voters in July, is scheduled to open for business in December.

Two dozen candidates, including Shepard, filed to run for city offices in the Nov. 6 election.

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.