BPCA Rates the Candidates

How do candidates for City of Brookhaven offices view the LCI vision for Brookhaven?

The BPCA held two educational sessions for Brookhaven candidates in the last month.  The first one occurred at the Brookhaven Forum at Rep. Mike Jacobs invitation; the second was held at Brookhaven Bank’s conference room.  All candidates were invited to both sessions.

We then asked all candidates to fill out a questionnaire regarding their view and knowledge of the LCI vision for Brookhaven and the Overlay zoning disrict.  We made follow-up phone calls to several candidates to discuss their views in depth, and we have had numerous face-to-face conversations at neighborhood candidate forums.

Here are our ratings, with 3 stars signifying a strong commitment and depth of knowledge.  Candidates whose name is not listed received 0 stars, signifying no measurable commitment or knowledge.  Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name. Ratings criteria can be found here.

We note that Erik Steavens and Jim Eyre are members of the BPCA Board.  They are temporarily on inactive status with BPCA due to their candidacies and had no role in this evaluation process.


Larry Danese            J. Max Davis              Sandy Murray

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 City Council– District 1

 Kevin Meaders         Rebecca Chase Williams

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City Council– District 2


Jim Eyre         Larry Hurst     Russell Mitchell

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City Council– District 3


Deborah Anthony   Hope Bawcom         Bates Mattison

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Bridget O-Donnell      Kevin Quirk            Julia Russo

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Erik Steavens

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City Council– District 4


Joe Gebbia                 Kerry Witt

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BPCA Quizzes City Commission Candidates

The BPCA will send a questionnaire to all City Commission candidates asking for their vision of the Peachtree/Dresden Corridor and their view of the Brookhaven Peachtree Overlay Zoning District.  We will follow up with phone interviews and an education session for candidates so we can get a clear picture of each candidate’s thinking and support for the Overlay.

We will summarize our findings on our website, as well as put out a news release on our about Oct. 25.  Stay tuned!

BPCA Members Help Set Up New City

Now that the City of Brookhaven is a reality, BPCA members have joined the effort to get the city off to a strong start.

-Jim Eyre is running for City Commissioner, District 2

-Erik Steavens is running for City Commissioner, District 3

-Mike Elliot has been appointed citizen co-chair of the Offices & Facilities committee

-Kathy Forbes has agreed to serve as citizen co-chair of the Executive Search committee

-Jack Honderd will serve as citizen co-chair of the Planning, Zoning and Municipal Code committee


If you would like to help Jim or Erik with a political campaign, go to Welcome to Jim for Brookhaven or

Erik Steavens for Brookhaven City Council District Three


If you would like to be considered for a committee position, you can see the various committees here and fill out an application here.  General information about candidates and city formation can be found at this site.


City of Brookhaven?

A glance at Brookhaven-area yard signs is all one needs to surmise the hottest topic in town: should Brookhaven become a city?

What does the BPCA think?

The BPCA formed in 2004 to promote good planning in Brookhaven.  Our goal has been to create a recognizable heart for Brookhaven, a place where people meet, play, do business, and celebrate, a public center that everyone knows is Brookhaven.  The ARC study and subsequent Overlay zoning provide the vehicle to do this, and we now define our primary mission as promoting and defending them.

We can do this within whichever political framework Brookhaven residents choose to take forward.  The BPCA board is resolved to stay neutral in this debate.  We have received exemplary support for Brookhaven planning issues from Commissioners Rader and Gannon of DeKalb County to date, and we would fully expect to receive similar support from elected commission members at a new city hall, should that be local citizens’ decision.  Good planning is good for Brookhaven and enjoys strong neighborhood support no matter which form of self-government we choose.

This is not to say that members of the BPCA board have no individual opinions.  In fact, we have board members who favor a new city and members who favor no new city.  There are good arguments to be made on both sides of the issue, and we encourage everyone to participate in this lively debate.

The key for the BPCA is to keep its organizational focus and be prepared to work energetically with whichever political system Brookhaven citizens choose on July 31st.  For more facts and discussion of the city hood issues, we encourage you to attend the City Forum sponsored by the Brookhaven Reporter on Monday, July 9th, in Lupton Hall at Oglethorpe University.