Mayoral forum, Oglethorpe University Oct. 15, 2012. Left to right: J. Max Davis, Sandy Murray, Larry Danese.

Three candidates vying to become Brookhaven’s first mayor met at Oglethorpe University on Monday, Oct. 15, for a forum hosted by the Brookhaven Reporter newspaper.

The three contenders — Larry Danese, Sandy Murray  and J. Max Davis — kept it mostly civil as they discussed their views on tax revenue, city police protection and how they see the role of the city’s mayor.

Voters approved incorporating Brookhaven on July 31, creating Georgia’s newest city after a long summer of heated debate. The vote was one of the closest incorporation votes since the new city movement began with Sandy Springs in 2006.

There was a healthy turnout at the Lupton Hall auditorium and most of the questions came from audience members. The tone of the questions and the candidates’ answers could’ve been part of a civics class educational video. There was no yelling, no grand speeches and no name calling.

The candidates did their best to contrast themselves with their opponents. Murray said she was the only successful small business owner of the bunch and could offer transparency. Danese touted his engineering background and work with state and local agencies. Davis, a cityhood proponent, pitched himself as the man who could help Brookhaven move past its divisive incorporation vote.

Keep checking for a video recapping Monday’s event. The Brookhaven Reporter will host a “meet-the-candidates” session for City Council candidates on Oct.30 at the Briarwood Park recreation center at 7 p.m.

The election is Nov. 6, and Brookhaven officially opens for business on Dec. 17.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of