Recap: Brookhaven Yes Fundraiser Draws Enthusiasm

Leadership urged attendees to start knocking on doors.


Last night I attended the Brookhaven Yes fundraiser which I'm told by the group's treasurer Chris Elsevier, raised more than $10,000 for its on-going campaign to support efforts to form a new city.

The mood at Pub 71 was celebratory as the casual envionment allowed for attendees to meet and greet with time left near the end for scheduled speakers. Many spoke victoriously about the bill's passage in the House last week and took the 101-57 vote as a sign that the formation of a new city is inevitable.

Featured speaker U.S. Rep. Tom Price urged advocates for the new city to talk to their neighbors to inform them of the issues and said enthusiastically that this bill would pass with its original name.

"Most folks aren't paying attention to what's going on," Price said. "You've got to knock on doors, talk to them at church, at little league. If you don't you're going to leave votes on the table," he said.

Price said that while cityhood was a good thing, "It doesn't mean all your problems go away," he said. "What it does mean is that the people you can go to to solve your problems live in your community."

In addition to the usual suspects, including Rep. Mike Jacobs, the bill's sponsor and Rep. Tom Taylor, the bill's co-sponsor and board members of Brookhaven Yes, Dunwoody City Councilman John Heneghan, Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson, and County Commissioner Elaine Boyer's Chief of Staff Bob Lundsten made an appearance. Additionally, DeKalb County CEO candidate Jerome Edmondson - a Democrat among a sea of Republican voters - attended the event and was well received.

There were a smattering of cityhood skeptics sprinkled among the more than 100 or so attendees, but the mood kept its upbeat tempo.

The pro cityhood movment seems to be moving right along.

Booyah February 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
As a guest columnist in the Brookhaven Reporter (2009) Kevin Hughley wrote: "The community has become a haven for the criminal element because of the response time of DeKalb police. Recently, we have witnessed it has taken DeKalb police 50 minutes to respond to certain types of crime."
NorthDeKalbCounty.org February 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Notice in my post above that I did not call anyone out specifically for making disparaging comments regarding police protection in the proposed city hood area. Those people know who they are and it's not my place to call them out - no matter who they are. It has been injected in many city hood conversations though. My point was that I decided to simply ask an officer his opinion and how he felt. Imagine if your job was being discussed and that someone may be taking over some of your responsibilities. How would you feel? The first thing most people would ask themselves is "What am I doing wrong." Again, I think that this city hood really is about the lack of representation at the county level from our commissioner, then perhaps we should try a new representative before we create a whole new city that could have negative results. Thats all.
Booyah February 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
It was Mr. Hughley who commented on "City Hood" disparaging police.
NorthDeKalbCounty.org February 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM
PLEASE take the survey at http://northdekalbcounty.org/. Lets see what people REALLY think. Thank you!!!
HDM February 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Northdekalbcounty.org, you are spamming this site with your website link, how about disclosing who you are and your intentions?


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