Brandon Beach, the North Fulton chamber executive, sends word this afternoon that he has qualified for the Jan. 8 special election to replace Republican state Sen. Chip Rogers, has raised $30,000 since Friday and has the new backing of state Sen. Appropriations Chair Jack Hill and Transportation Chair Jeff Mullis. State Rep. Sean Jerguson of Woodstock is also running for Senate district 21.
The full release is below the jump.
- By Daniel Malloy, Political Insider
Today Brandon Beach qualified for the January 8, 2013, Special Election for the District 21 State Senate seat to replace Chip Rogers.
Since announcing his campaign, Beach is overwhelmed by the groundswell of support from citizens, business leaders, and elected officials across District 21. After qualifying Beach said, “The citizens of District 21 need a committed, consistent, conservative leader, with a proven track record of accomplishment representing them in the State Senate.”
Since Friday, Beach has raised $30,000 to financially sustain a hard-hitting campaign. He has also secured backing from key leaders across the district. The campaign infrastructure is strong; all 41 districts have Precinct Chairs. Positive press coverage from across District 21 has been encouraging.
Beach has received endorsements from Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Sheriff Roger Garrison, Cherokee County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens, Commissioners Jason Nelms and Jim Hubbard, Incoming School Board Chair Janet Read, School Board Chairman Mike Chapman, School Board Member-Elect Patsy Jordan, Representative Chuck Martin, Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood, and Woodstock City Councilwoman Tessa Basford.
Recent endorsements include the support of State Senator Jack Hill, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senator Jeff Mullis Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.
The support from hundreds of citizens all over Cherokee County is especially heartwarming.
Brandon and his wife of 28 years, Shuntel, are residents of Alpharetta. They have two children: Courtney, a graduate of the University of Georgia, now a law student at College of Charleston and Hunter, a golfer at North Georgia College. Both children are graduates of Milton High School. Beach and his family are active members of the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church. They are natives of Louisiana.