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Brandon Beach Enters State Senate Race

The Alpharetta resident will run for the same seat he sought during the July 31 primary

Ending nearly two days of speculation, Brandon Beach has announced his plans to run for the Senate District 21 seat. 

Beach on Wednesday evening formally made his intentions known to the public to run for the seat, which has been vacated by former Senator Chip Rogers after he abruptly resigned Tuesday afternoon. 

Beach, who said he's energized and ready to run for the seat, noted he wanted to thank Rogers for his service to the state. His announcement follows State Rep. Sean Jerguson's declaration of his candidacy to run for the same seat. 

A special election date has tentatively been set for Jan. 8, 2013.

“The people of Cherokee County and north Fulton need effective representation under the Gold Dome," he added. "We need a senator who is responsive to the people of the 21st District; a senator who is solutions-driven. I have the track record and experience necessary to provide this leadership."

Beach, who ran a competitive race against Rogers for the state senate seat during the July Republican primary, said he's "overwhelmed by the show of support" he's received across the region and state, including Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison, Cherokee County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens, Cherokee County Commissioners Jason Nelms and Jim Hubbard, State Senator Jeff Mullis, Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle and Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood.

He also said the backing he's received from "hundreds of citizens from all over Cherokee County is especially heartwarming."

Rogers defeated Beach in the primary with 60 percent of the vote. 

Beach said he brings to the table "real experience as an effective leader and unique qualities" to serve in the state senate. He noted he's has been a long-time leader in the community and worked to bring new jobs and traffic and tax relief to residents. 

Before jumping into state politics, Beach served as a member of the Alpharetta City Council between 2000 and 2004. He worked to establish the city's homestead exemption, which brought lower taxes to residents.

“I am proud of implementing one of the strongest homestead exemptions in the state of Georgia that resulted in tax relief for the citizens of Alpharetta," he added. 

For the past 10 years, Beach has served as the president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure, he's worked with elected officials to develop pro-business initiatives at the local, state and national levels of government. 

Beach noted that even in the Great Recession, the Chamber has been "instrumental" in creating more than 2,500 jobs in northern Fulton county.

Beach has represented District 6 of the Georgia Department of Transportation's board, which encompasses Cherokee and north Fulton counties.

Beach has been twice elected unanimously to the board by the state legislative delegation in the district. Serving on that board, he added, is an "honor" as it's allowed him to meet many public and private sector leaders.

"The 6th District has seen many transportation improvements," he said. "Two recent examples are the opening of Westside Parkway in Alpharetta and the interchange at I-575 and Ridgewalk Parkway, which opened (last month) ahead of schedule and under budget."

Beach noted he wants to continue improving education and transportation for residents in the Senate District 21, adding he's a "conservative, solutions-based leader who believes in lower taxes, less government and local control."

Beach and wife Shuntel live in Alpharetta and have two adult children, Courtney and Hunter.

Monty Brewster December 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Jerguson and Rogers were both pro-TSPLOST until they figured out the only way they could beat Brandon was to flip-flop on the issue. At least Mr. Beach sticks to his beliefs instead of having the "do anything" mentality. Brandon Beach was anti-big government, and believes in keeping decisions local. Amendment 1 created more government and moves the power to the state. This is exactly the person who should be in the Senate... out with the status quo, ethically-challenged Rogers and Jerguson. Those guys represent special interest groups like ALEC, not their constituents.
Nick Ripostella December 10, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Monty Brewster is a gentleman and a scholar.
Pat Michaels December 10, 2012 at 09:52 PM
If you follow the news over the last few years you’ll see two things. Lt. Gov Casey Cagle and Chip Rogers did not get along and Cagle has been involved in the Fulton Chamber. So, it is fair to make an assumption that he was talked into running by Cagle, who also helped him raise money. Now that there are no major candidates in this race this time, he is not afraid to put his name out there in giving his support to Beach. Now that you know the background, we should take a look into how he and his people operate. While Mr. Beach advocated that his campaign was issues-oriented, specifically picking all the issues that Rogers was against, His campaign style was actually to the contrary, negative and personal attacked based. Mr. Beach’s campaign team was seen not only putting up their signs of course, but placing signs saying “Boot Chip”, or “Chip Supports Gambling,” next to his signs. His campaign’s main ally was the hostile wing of the Cherokee County school board who vehemently despised Rogers. Living a mile from the Cherokee line in Milton, I can tell you that once you crossed over the line, politics was much different then north Fulton politics last primary. Many of the school board candidate’s campaigns were extremely negative, dirty, and hostile, these are people that Beach worked with to gain inroads in to Cherokee voters. Although no fan of Rogers, I wasn’t disappointed at all to see him beat Beach.
Nancy Bristol December 11, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I don't believe or advocate negative campaigning by anyone. Instead of beating up their opponents, I prefer that all candiates tell us how they plan to represent us and help us if they are elected. Unfortunately, there is way too much negative campaigning in Georgia---in the nation! Too many elected officials, once they hold office, forget they are representing us and should make statesmen-like decisions. However, it is obvious that for many it becomes extremely important to them to "get re-lected" rather than doing their job--which is looking out for their constitutents. I, for one, would like to see all lobbying stopped or at a minimum regulated.
Monty Brewster January 01, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Are you talking about the school board candidates that were financially supported by Chip Rogers and only care about CCA? Because those were the negative campaigners. How is "Chip supports gambling" negative? It's true and he even talked about it at his debates.

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