New Brookhaven mayor elected, newcomers defeat incumbents in runoff

Brookhaven voters have elected the city’s next mayor.

H.J. “John” Park, who previously served as a Brookhaven city councilmember, gained approximately 58.6 percent of the 6,084 ballots cast in Brookhaven, beating Lauren Keifer who gained approximately 41.4 percent of votes cast during the Dec. 5 runoff election.

Park also made history with his win by becoming Georgia’s first Asian American mayor, according to multiple sources.

“It’s you who won tonight, it’s Brookhaven who won tonight,” Park said to a crowd of supporters, including current Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst, who endorsed Park and introduced him as the city’s next mayor after the results came in.

“We’re going to do great things together,” continued Park. “I will be a mayor for all of Brookhaven, especially those who didn’t vote for me. I look forward to working hard for everyone in Brookhaven.”

Brookhaven voters also voted for a new face on the city council with Michael Diaz gaining approximately 53 percent of the ballots, beating incumbent Linley Jones.

Other runoff races throughout DeKalb County saw newcomers defeating incumbents as well.

In Stonecrest’s runoff election for city council member post 2, Terry Fye beat incumbent Rob Turner by gaining approximately 74 percent of the total votes cast.

Voters also elected Alfred “Shivy” Brooks as the next member of the Atlanta Public School Board, with Brooks gaining approximately 72 percent of the total ballots over incumbent Tamara Jones.

Doraville voters settled the runoff election for city council post 2 by electing Carrie Armistead, who defeated MD Naser by gaining approximately 54.4 percent of total ballots cast.

In total, about 9,194 ballots were cast in the runoff election, according to DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections department’s election summary report for all contests in all districts.

Visit https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/voter-registration-elections/election-results-1 for more information.

 

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