Brookhaven’s voters head to the polls Nov. 3 to choose a new mayor and a new District 1 representative on City Council.
The Brookhaven Reporter asked the candidates about their qualifications for office and their visions for the city’s future. Here are the answers from District 1 Councilwoman Linley Jones. Her opponent, Eve Erdogan, did not respond to repeated requests from the Brookhaven Reporter to review the questions.
To see the answers from the mayoral candidates, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.
Occupation: Trial lawyer
Elective offices held and previous elective or appointive offices held: Currently serving on Brookhaven City Council, appointed June 2015.
Previous community work: Spokesperson for Brookhaven Yes; leader of effort to stop Kroger gas station; Neighborhood Affairs Chair of Cambridge Park Civic Association; board member of Citizens for North DeKalb; supporter of Friends of Brookhaven and Friends of Blackburn Park; medallion member of Murphey Candler Park Conservancy; Murphey Candler Little League team mom.
Q: Why do you want to be elected to City Council?
A: The next four years are a critical time in Brookhaven. I will work hard on City Council to make sure Brookhaven continues on a positive course providing great police services, road improvements, sidewalk installations and park upgrades.
Q: Why should the voters choose you?
A: I have lived in Brookhaven for over 22 years and I am personally invested in our community. I will stand up for the interests of the citizens in the decisions of City Council. Although I have only been on City Council since June, my track record already proves this. I have voted for positive development supported by neighbors, against harmful redevelopment opposed by neighbors, in favor of greater tree protection, and in favor of parks and green space.
Q: What do you see as the most significant issue facing the city right now? How do you plan to address that issue?
A: Our most significant issue is growth. The Atlanta Regional Commission predicts significant continuing growth in the Atlanta area in the next four years. We must protect the quality of life for our citizens and address this growth in accordance with Brookhaven’s Comprehensive Plan. This means making each decision with an eye toward our future goals, while studying and implementing creative solutions to specific problems, for example, the upcoming traffic study of the Ashford-Dunwoody Road corridor.
Q: What does “transparency” in Brookhaven’s government mean to you?
A: The confidence of the citizens is paramount to the success of our city. We must go above and beyond the requirements of Georgia transparency law by complying with our own Sunshine Resolution, which I supported and voted for. I have spent my 23-year-long career as a legal malpractice lawyer enforcing ethical rules, and I bring this experience and mindset to City Council.
Q: What’s one thing about Brookhaven you think should be changed?
A: We must continue to repair the damage done to our parks, roads, storm water systems and sidewalks by years of DeKalb County’s neglect.
Q: What is your vision of Brookhaven in 10 years?
A: In 10 years, I envision Brookhaven will continue to be metro Atlanta’s most desirable area to live—a safe, vibrant, thriving, walkable city!