Election 2012: Beach vs. Rogers for Senate District 21 Seat
The challenger is the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce president and member of the GDOT board, while the incumbent has held the seat for 10 years.
One of the most hotly contested elections is the Republican Primary for Georgia Senate District 21, which pits a long-time incumbent from Woodstock against a chamber of commerce executive from Alpharetta.
Chip Rogers, holds the seat now, but faces the challenge from Brandon Beach.
From the start, Rogers had more money in the bank and raised more money for his campaign. The incumbent had hundreds of thousands of dollars even before it was time to qualify for this election. Beach, on the other hand, has a fraction of that amount in campaign funds. And it shows. Campaign mailers have become a constant from Rogers, while Beach has had a much less expensive campaign.
Senate District 21 has an entirely different georaphic boundary starting with this election. Rogers has had to campaign in North Fulton, as Milton is now within the district, as is a small portion of Alpharetta that includes Beach's home.
The campaign has gotten a bit nasty, with supporters making so far unsubstantiated claims and having filed complaints with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (what used to be known as the State Ethics Commission).
Just Plain Politics?
Online news site again ties Rogers to offshore gambling – Cherokee Ledger-News
Political consultant accuses Beach of making robo calls – Cherokee Tribune
Senate race gets increasingly bitter – Cherokee Tribune
Resident files complaint against Chip Rogers – Cherokee Ledger-News
Resident files ethics complaint, Beach produces receipts – Cherokee Ledger-News