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OCT 31— NOV. 13, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 22
City working to be bike-friendly COMMUNITY 2
Fighting on Group wants annexation halted COMMUNITY 3
Shake, rattle and roll
Do talks with Pink Pony lead to a ‘bribe’? BY ANN MARIE QUILL
Lynwood residents Jen Kaminski and her daughter Anna, 1, enjoy the performance of “Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness” at the Live in the Park Music Festival in Blackburn Park on Oct. 19. See additional photos on page 26.
Two candidates withdraw from campaign for City Council days before election BY JOE EARLE
There were supposed to be four candidates debating at Ashford Park over which among them was best suited for an open seat on Brookhaven City Council. Instead, there were just two. As the campaign for the District 2 council seat moved into its final days, two candidates quit the four-man race. Bill Brown announced his intention to end his campaign at the start of the candidate forum on Oct. 23. Charlie Barry announced he was ending his campaign in a letter to the Brookhaven Post, a local website, on Oct. 22. Even though both men stopped their campaigns, their names will appear on the ballot Nov. 4. Their decisions left Tim Nama and John Park as the only candidates actively campaigning in the special election for the District 2 seat vacated earlier this year by the resignation
of Councilman Jim Eyre. Brown said he was ending his candidacy so the two remaining candidates would not face the possibility of a runoff election. Runoffs are required in Georgia if no candidate receives more than half the vote in an election. “I didn’t see that any one of the four candidates had a clear shot at getting 51 percent [of the vote],” he said. He said that a runoff election would add to the cost of the campaign. “I didn’t want to spend more than the job pays,” he said. Barry, in a statement published by the Post, said he talked with the other candidates and felt they shared his interests. “Any one of them would do a fine job sitting on the council, and therefore I feel confident with my decision to withSEE TWO CANDIDATES, PAGE 6
Brookhaven City Council has agreed to start talks with owners of the Pink Pony strip club. Although Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams argued the city would be taking a “bribe” if it cut a deal with the club, her fellow council members voted to meet with club representatives in private to try to negotiate an agreement. At the beginning of the meeting, an impassioned Williams read from a statement she had emailed to constituents earlier in the day. “I fear the political pressure will get to my colleagues on the council,” she said. “Earlier this year, the Pink Pony offered as much as $200,000 a year to not enforce the law against them. I happen to consider any payment other than normal licensing fees to be a bribe.” But other city officials said the purpose of approving a non-disclosure agreement with the strip club would allow them to negotiate a deal in private. “The purpose of this is to allow these two parties to communicate,” said Councilman Bates Mattison. SEE MAYOR, PAGE 5
Do you know where you vote? When you get there, do you know who’ll be on your ballot? The Georgia Secretary of State’s website allows you to ﬁnd your polling place and get directions to it, to check on your registration status and to ﬁnd sample ballots. It also provides information on registering to vote and directions to early voting locations. To check for your personalized voting information, go to http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. For information on candidates seeking seats on the Brookhaven City Council and DeKalb County Commission, see pages 7 and 8 or go to ReporterNewspapers.net.