Ernst to remain as Brookhaven mayor

After winning a majority of votes in the Nov. 5 municipal election, John Ernst will remain Brookhaven’s mayor.

“Thank you for your confidence and support,” said Ernst in a Facebook post to supporters. “I’ve lived here all my life and it’s so special to me to be your mayor and to continue working to make Brookhaven the best place to live, work and play.”

Ernst also thanked his family, neighbors, campaign volunteers and campaign team for hard work put toward Ernst’s reelection campaign.

Ernst received 4,041 votes that represented 67.7 percent of total Brookhaven votes.

“Thanks to my opponent, Jen Heath, for a spirited race,” he said.

Heath received 1,906 votes that represented 31.9 percent of total Brookhaven votes.

“I want to extend my sincerest thanks to those that supported, volunteered and voted for us,” said Heath in a Facebook statement. “I say ‘us’ because this was not about me wanting to be mayor, it was about us wanting to be heard. We have done an amazing job and while the result is not all that we had hoped for, it has been a good result.”

Heath said getting 32 percent of the votes was “pretty phenomenal based on the short timeframe and minimal funding.”

“This is not the end, just the beginning of the Brookhaven community being heard,” said Heath. “We will be continuing to work so that your voices are not only heard, but listened to in regards to city decisions.”

Madeleine Simmons defeated Dimitrius Owens for the open District 3 council seat. Simmons received 1,206 votes that represent 80.6 percent of total votes and Owens received 286 votes that represents 19.1 percent of total votes. Simmons’ term will begin in 2020.

Current Brookhaven City Council member Bates Mattison─who represents District 3─did not seek reelection. Mattison was elected in 2012.

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