Brandon Beach qualifies for special, says $30K raised

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

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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.

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December 10th, 2012
1:36 pm

How is Beach going to defend his Pro TSPLOST position?

Bob Loblaw

December 10th, 2012
1:38 pm

Seems to be off to a good start.

Chief Knockahoma

December 10th, 2012
1:44 pm

He did a good job with the Braves, so I trust him.


December 10th, 2012
1:49 pm

Mike Keown raised over $20,000 during the same period. Not bad for SW GA.

Looks like he’s locking this one down.


December 10th, 2012
2:10 pm

Jerguson is well liked and the House member for the Cherokee side of this district and it is about 70% of the district.

Mike in Hickory

December 10th, 2012
2:17 pm

When are they gong to get a real candidate in the house race? A far out religious tea party nut (Scot Turner) vs. the whack job bubba Lauren


December 10th, 2012
2:34 pm

Get ready for HOT Lanes on 575, Cherokee County.

Beach for Senate 2013!


December 10th, 2012
3:25 pm

$30K? That wouldn’t buy a 30 second ad at halftime of the lingerie football league superbrawl. (sic)

An observer

December 10th, 2012
3:37 pm

Sounds like Sean Jurgeson is the one to vote for.

nathan's political arsonist

December 10th, 2012
3:40 pm

good job daniel. they should fire whiner wingfield and give you his print space

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

December 10th, 2012
4:04 pm


December 10th, 2012
2:34 pm

{{”Get ready for HOT Lanes on 575, Cherokee County….Beach for Senate 2013!”}}

You mean, “Get ready for HOT Lane on 575, Cherokee County”, as the proposal is only for ONE reversible High Occupancy Toll lane in the median of 575 that flows south/inbound in the morning and north/outbound in the afternoon/evening.

And get ready to pay an arm and a leg and vital organ to use the lane during peak hours as the one-way rush-hour price to travel the entire distance of the I-85 HOT Lane in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties reached $6.35 last week and shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

You didn’t think that you would actually get more than one new lane from the State of Georgia did you?

You also didn’t think that you would actually get to use that lane on 575 anytime soon did you? (Look for the 575 HOT Lane to become operational when funding becomes available sometime in the next decade at the earliest).

Which brings me to wonder…Do they accept iron lungs as a form of payment for using the Hot LANE (singular)?

Hanky Panky

December 10th, 2012
5:08 pm

This is Beach’s third run for this seat, and maybe the third time is the charm. But he has plenty of baggage that should help him fit right in at the Georgia Legislature. He loves to be wined and dined by the lobbyists because until last year, the GDOT board was exempt from lobbyists disclosures. The man never misses a concert or sporting event from the luxury boxes. And he loves to travel on the tax payers dollar. Finally, he really loves the female lobbyists from the big engineering firms both in Atlanta and DC. In fact, he’s so cozy with one, that her firm is the recipient of millions in GDOT contracts. Sounds like he has all of the character traits to fit in with the gang under the Gold Dome.


December 10th, 2012
5:14 pm

What’s the ‘resignation deadline’ for this Special Election date?

Do those who ‘retire’ afterward set in motion a new, $500K special election?

What if they just become enough of a liability to the ‘majority’ that they move on to populate public sector employers that are already cash strapped?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Crazy Like A Fox

December 10th, 2012
5:38 pm

Beach is an expert at using taxpayer dollars to help out his female lobbyist “friends.”


December 10th, 2012
6:47 pm

Beach is a moron who supported the TSPLOST. I would vote for a democrat before I voted for this idiot.

Reality Check

December 10th, 2012
6:58 pm

Surely Cherokee and North Fulton won’t elect a democrat like Beach. I see Jerguson winning this one. Maybe this time Beach will go away.

How much of that $30k came from the chamber and trasportation groups/companies?


December 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

This thread got in the gutter pretty quick.

Jerguson supported Tsplost until his opponent qualified for office, he has lived as a leach off lobbyists since he has been in the legislature.


December 10th, 2012
9:00 pm

I don’t see how anyone whose from Milton/Alpharetta can’t be dead set on voting for Beach. The amount of positive growth and prosperity he’s brought north Fulton alone is remarkable. And to all the hecklers mentioning Brandon being “friendly” with female lobbyists have obviously never seen Brandon’s beautiful wife, Shuntel before.

Sean’s the biggest joke since Chip Rogers.

Go Beach!

December 10th, 2012
9:17 pm

There are PLENTY of folks who have had enough of Jerguson. He’s a Chip Jr., and does NOT belong in the senate! Beach is a solid guy with a great track record on economics. He’ll also give public education a fair shake, unlike Jerguson. Those who keep wanting to hang the t-splost on Beach, remember that Chip pushed for that and then dumped it when it was convenient. @Mike in Hickory, Bill Fincher qualified today for the house race. He’s the one you want to vote for.

Karl Marx

December 10th, 2012
9:31 pm

Let’s see, Pro TSPLOST, GDOT Board member, Hasn’t met a tax hike he didn’t like and he will turn his back on Cherokee county in favor of Fulton or Milton. No I held my nose and voted for Rogers and now I’ll do it again. Ya’ll go ahead and watch Cherokee county lose its voice in the State Senate. NO BEACH………

Go Beach!

December 10th, 2012
9:39 pm

Cherokee County never had a voice in the Senate. That was Chip’s voice. Brandon has met with lots of folks in Cherokee (I’m one) and he has our concerns at heart.

Crazy Like A Fox

December 10th, 2012
10:25 pm

Vanity knows no boundaries.

Glad Chip is Gone

December 10th, 2012
10:37 pm

I agree. Sean Jerguson is a little Chip Rogers when it comes to policy. We do not want him!

South GA Food Taxer

December 11th, 2012
8:17 am

Lots of us live off lobbyist dollars. Nothing wrong with that! Heck, if that was a disqualifier, there would only be 10-12 people in the legislature.

Hanky Panky

December 11th, 2012
8:30 am


Since when did having a good looking wife keep a womanizer from chasing skirt? His wife knows about one of the lobbyists. Most of these ladder climbers are huge egomaniacs. One good looking wife just isn’t enough. The problem is when you get involved with women whose employers have huge contracts with GDOT, and his CID. Do a little homework. It’s not hard.

[...] Brandon Beach was the first candidate to qualify in the election for Senate District 21, the seat formerly held by Chip Rogers. Beach issued a press release saying he has raised $30,000 so far and that he has gained the support of Senator Jack Hill (R-Reidsville), who chairs the Senate Appropriations…. [...]


December 11th, 2012
3:18 pm

So, I take it that Jerguson is a tea partier?