Meet Brookhaven’s New Mayor, John Park

December 6, 2023
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Meet Brookhaven's New Mayor, John Park

📰 The Gist: John Park has been elected as the next mayor of Brookhaven in the Dec. 5 runoff election, marking a significant development in the city’s leadership.

🔍 The Details: The Dec. 5 runoff election in DeKalb County concluded with John Park emerging as the victor in the Brookhaven mayoral race. Park, who was previously serving his second term as City Council District 2 representative, has now stepped into a pivotal role as the city’s mayor.

🌏 In Context: Before entering the mayoral race, Park was part of the Brookhaven City Council since 2014. His tenure there saw him re-elected twice, with his current term originally set to end in 2025. Park’s platform focused on creating a safer, greener Brookhaven with enhanced public spaces and improved public safety, while also managing to reduce homeowners’ property ta​xes.

🏞️ Biographical Snapshot: John Park’s journey began in South Korea, from where he moved to the United States as a young child with his family. He grew up in the U.S., attending Decatur High School and later earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Professionally, Park has worked as a technical consultant for surveillance of nationally notifiable diseases with the Centers for Disease Control and various state health agencies and laboratories. He has been a resident of Brookhaven since 2007, alongside his wife, Morgan.

🏛️ History Maker: Park’s election as mayor is not just a change in Brookhaven’s leadership but also a historic moment, as he becomes the first Asian-American Pacific Islander to be elected as a mayor in the entire state.

🔄 What’s Next?: As mayor, Park is expected to continue his focus on enhancing the city’s green spaces and infrastructure, addressing local issues such as stormwater management, and building upon the foundations laid during his time on the city council. His leadership will play a crucial role in shaping Brookhaven’s future in the coming years.

🧠 Why It Matters: City leaders like the mayor and council decide on things like fixing parks, running water and police services, which can change your daily life. Voting in local elections lets you pick who makes these big decisions for your town.

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