Administrative law judge Ronit Walker has turned down a challenge to the candidacy of Republican Brandon Beach of Alpharetta, who is running against Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock.
State law prohibits a candidate who holds one elected state or local office from running for another.
Robert Grove, a resident of the Senate district, had questioned whether Beach, a member of the state transportation board, ran afoul of that restriction. State DOT board members are elected by state lawmakers. Read the decision here. In part:
“Elective office” generally refers to “an office filled by citizens registered to vote
and voting in an election” and is defined as being “filled by the direct exercise of the franchise of
…While the Georgia Code bars candidates from running in two races simultaneously, in the instant case Respondent’s candidacy is neither barred by the Constitution nor by statute.
The judge declined to address whether Beach should have lost his spot on the DOT board when he qualified for the state Senate race.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider