In the Nov. 7 nonpartisan election for the District 4 Brookhaven City Council seat, Dale Boone, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Brookhaven in 2015, is facing incumbent Joe Gebbia, who has been on the council for all five years the city has been in existence.
The district includes the southern portion of the city. Its borders start near the Fulton County line near Lenox Road and runs north to Clairmont Road, west to Buford Highway, south to Briarwood Road and west toward Lenox Square to the Fulton line.
Gebbia said his top three campaign issues include working to complete the $36 million Peachtree Creek Greenway Park, which will connect to the Atlanta BeltLine; continuing to implement the Buford Highway Economic Development Plan, and continuing the work of securing a functional park in District 4 before the estimated four to six years it will take the Peachtree Creek Greenway Park to develop.
Boone said his top three campaign issues are addressing both the increased crime in the Buford Highway corridor and the increased traffic congestion on North Druid Hills Road and sustaining the needs of young couples and families moving into the city, especially from an education standpoint.
As to why he should be re-elected for another term, Gebbia said he has served the city well in his nearly five years in office.
“Since assuming office, I have been an advocate of efficient, sustainable development and improved communications between City Hall and Brookhaven residents,” he said. “As a new participant in the world of politics (when first elected in 2012), I sought to enhance my capabilities and completed more than 100 hours of continuing education courses for elected officials and earned the certificate of achievement from the Georgia Municipal Association.”
Gebbia said he has worked very hard to be a conscientious representative for all his constituents, “and if I am re-elected, I will commit that I will continue to provide the same high-quality representation that I have shown to date.”
Boone has a different viewpoint, saying Gebbia has been in office for five years, “and we still have traffic congestion with a crime rate that is out of sight,” he said.
“Traffic congestion is unbelievable on North Druid Hills Road and Buford Highway and traffic congestion is completely out of control,” Boone said. “We need a strong candidate for this position, kind of like a bulldog for Buford Highway, and help put it back as a family friendly category, and I will be the bulldog of Brookhaven and help straighten that out fast.”
Boone said he is willing to give the residents of District 4 “four years of my life to be in service to the citizens of Brookhaven.”
“I am willing to give up those four years of my life to help solve our problems,” he said.