Brookhaven City Council isn’t even a year old, but already two council seats are up for election. Qualifying begins Aug. 26 for the seats representing District 2 and 4 seats.

District 2, represented by Councilman Jim Eyre, and District 4, represented by Councilman Joe Gebbia, were set up when the city incorporated last year to begin with one-year terms in order to stagger council terms.

Candidates qualifying for the seats this year will be running for a typical four-year term.

When asked if he planned to run for reelection, Gebbia replied, “unequivocally yes.”

“We’ve done a lot and really set records with what we’ve done and been a harmonious team,” Gebbia said. “We’re on pace to do some really phenomenal things here in the next year.”

Eyre said he isn’t yet ready to announce his election plans.

“I’m still evaluating my options,” Eyre said. “I believe I will, but I haven’t made a final commitment.”

Eyre said he’s enjoyed his time on council and is looking ahead to the things the city is set to accomplish over the next few months.

“It’s been wonderful. It’s been exciting to be a part of this and grow it and try to get some of the things done,” Eyre said.

Gebbia said it’s hard to believe how much has happened since he took office eight months ago. He recalled saying during the campaign that as a political novice, he would be getting on the job training in running a city.

“As I look back now, I look at all that has happened to provide that on-the-job training and I feel blessed for all that I’ve learned,” Gebbia said.

Qualifying for Council Districts 2 and 4 will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 through Aug. 28. Interested candidates must file with the City Clerk at Brookhaven City Hall, 200 Ashford Center North, Suite 150 in Dunwoody.

A $360 fee is required to qualify. Candidates must file during the three-day qualifying period to appear on the ballot Nov. 5.

Advance voting will be held Oct. 14-Nov. 1 at the DeKalb County elections office at 4380 Memorial Dr., Suite 300 in Decatur. Brookhaven residents must register to vote by Oct. 7 to be eligible to vote in the municipal election. Applications to register to vote are available at

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