Don Balfour picks up GOP opposition for return to Senate

He who hesitates is primaried.

Travis Bowden of Lilburn announced today that he would drop out of a crowded race for House District 102 and into a primary contest against state Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville).

Balfour was the first Republican to announce for the 7th District congressional seat of retiring U.S. Rep. John Linder, then abruptly pulled out – and said he was done with politics. Earlier this month, backed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and other Senate Republican leaders, Balfour said he’d run for re-election to the Senate.

Bowden’s press release is pretty rough – and full of implied meaning:

“After several insightful months of meeting with Lilburn residents, I have decided to focus on the Senate District that encompasses much of Lilburn, as well as the communities of Snellville, Lawrenceville, Grayson, and Loganville. It is not a decision I make easily or hastily. However, I can no longer abide our current Senate representation and feel I can better serve my friends and neighbors in the Georgia Senate,” Bowden said.

Then there’s this:

“Gwinnett deserves able representation, and ethical candidates. I will be honored to represent my home in Lilburn, and bring legislation that helps to create jobs, limit government and revitalize Highway 78,” Bowden continued. “For too long, the same lifelong politicians and their associates have allowed Eastern Gwinnett to fall into disrepair. I plan to put those communities back together again and work with local and legislative leaders to make that plan a reality.”

And this:

“As we learned from Scott Brown in Massachusetts, seats do not belong to politicians because they hold them for decades. Gwinnett County deserves better than legislators who push to raise college tuition for students, advocate causes for special interests, and ignore their constituency.”

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11 comments Add your comment


April 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

Glad somebody is doing it. Balfour has not been seen in Snellville, let alone represent us.


April 29th, 2010
4:29 pm


Contact: Joe Anderson
770-380-1117 (m)

SNELLVILLE, GA–Former Snellville City Councilman, Joe Anderson (51), threw his hat in the ring today for State Senate District Nine. The seat is currently held by Don Balfour, who in March announced he would run for US Congress while traveling Egypt, only to later announce that he would not run for Congress or re-election to the State Senate, only to later announce that
he would indeed run for re-election.

Anderson said “My experience in local government and as a small business owner will enable me to better serve my Lord, my country, my state, and my community at the State Capital.”

Anderson is a small business owner, and has been a resident of Gwinnett County for 23 years. Anderson has served his community on the Snellville/Gwinnett County Transportation Study Team, the Snellville Planning Commission, the Atlanta Regional Commission MIS on US 78, the Citizen Project Selection Committee for the 2001 SPLOST, and was twice elected to the Snellville City Council. Anderson and Sydney, his wife of 29
years, are active members at Cannon United Methodist Church.

GOP Voter

April 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

all I’ll say is I heard there is a girlfriend involved………hypocracy….


April 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

Anybody but Don.

The General

April 29th, 2010
4:41 pm

Wonderful news to hear that Joe Anderson will challenge Balfour for the State Senate seat. Balfour’s absence is sorely needed in the Capitol as much as Anderson’s presence is needed there. Give the fat-boy hell, Joe!

The General

April 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

Travis, by the way, is it too late for you to get your qualifying fee returned to you?


April 29th, 2010
5:05 pm

I am thrilled that we will have candidates to choose from other than Don Balfour. I agree with the Anyone But Don movement. We received a notice that Don could be in our neighborhood to knock on doors. I will love that. He is going to get an earful about how horrible he treated our family. He is just a bad representative.

BTW, Don if you read this…….You should have the decency to call the citizens that you represent when they have a problem with the State of Georgia and they write letters seeking your help. Oh and you should return voicemails as well. These are the reasons I am not voting for you. You don’t care about your constituency just your buddies in business for which I hope you go back to after the election year.


April 29th, 2010
8:52 pm

Maybe Balfour will now find the time to campaign in unfamiliar territory (his home district) instead of jetting off to Europe sitting in first class seats with his lobbyist girlfriend. Isn’t he married?


May 1st, 2010
3:19 pm

Don, Don, Don. You just can’t seem to decide what to do. It kind of looks like you just to be elected to something so people will know who you are as opposed to making real change. I have a suggestion: why not run to be a board member on your homeowner’s association since it does not appear yoiu really care about which office. P.S. I was on the plane and have a couple of “kiss and tell” photos that I am willing to sell to the highest bidder. I do have to admit, they are rather cute.

R. Keith Gillis

June 30th, 2010
12:49 pm

Don B. is a Yankee who voted against our state flag in 2001!


August 4th, 2010
2:47 pm

Trust me, they’ve all cheated–most just don’t get caught. They are all hypocrites and need to go!! Preston, Casey, Richardson, Balfour….just to name a few..CHEATERS. Everyone should know the your research before you vote!!