Bob Brown's photo from Facebook profile.
Bob Brown’s photo from Facebook profile.

Bob Brown, a longtime Sandy Springs resident and business owner, has announced he will run for mayor this year.

Elections are Nov. 5.

Brown, who owns Red Baron Antiques, also ran in 2009 and lost to the incumbent Eva Galambos.

Galambos is retiring after two terms as mayor. The other candidate in the race is Rusty Paul, a former Sandy Springs City Councilman.

City Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny confirmed on July 1 that she will not run and will leave the council when her term ends this year.

Brown’s entry in the race assures that one of the campaign issues will be the city’s recent use of eminent domain to acquire a business for its city center project. Brown owns property along Roswell road that the city is interested in obtaining as part of its downtown revitalization plan.

He said in the past he has rejected the city’s offers and has been highly critical of the city’s treatment of local businesses.

Brown was unavailable for comment, but an announcement sent to the Sandy Springs Reporter said he would provide additional details when he returns at the end of this week.

Dan Whisenhunt

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