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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.

Nick Ripostella December 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Brandon Beach has brought meaningful economic development and jobs to our local economy and he is ethical. We need this skill set in the State. He has my vote.
Jim Beam December 06, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Brandon Beach was pro-TSPLOST, opposed by 80% of GA. Brandon Beach was anti-Amendment 1, which was supported by 60% of GA. We don't need this man in the Senate.
Phil McCall December 06, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Mr. Beach has a continuous history of growing the size and complexity of government. Voter should take a look of the "economic development" stimulated through tax payer dollars that only grew government. Read the details of record and not press releases to understand this man. Apply the same scrutiny to any candidate for the office.
Nick Ripostella December 06, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I am suspicious of folks who post such type of comments without real names. I can only attest to my personal experience with the candidate. I have to admit some of the "conservative" folks I've met in GA are the reason why Obama was re-elected - so far out and ignorant that the middle was lost.
Nick Ripostella December 06, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Mr. McCall- i understand your concern- but please educate me - those thousands of consumers that have jobs and spend millions over off of Windward where many large corporations have settled in - did Mr. Beach help make that happen ?
Phil McCall December 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Mr. Ripostella - I acknowledge Mr. Beach has contributed to job growth, and to increased government. Both points are true in his role as a contributor. I believe Mr. Beach or Mr. Jerguson could grow jobs by cutting taxation and reducing government red tape as my Senator. Neither as of this hour has a specific plan outlined - only general promises to woo votes. The general plans the last few sessions has led to constant tax increases - so I want specific plans as Mr. Beach's site says he will cut taxes. I assume Rep. Jersuson's site will show the same general promises when it comes up. I've sent a note to the Beach campaign asking specific questions as to his plan regarding needed changes to the tax laws. Last election the Beach campaign never answered a specific question while the Rogers campaign answered every question we asked. I hope Mr. Beach will provide his plan to correct flaws in SB 346 and will go beyond the sound bites to specific plans. I hope Rep. Jerguson does the same thing. You are correct to point out Mr. Beach "helped" as did many others the success off Winward Parkway and I celebrate the few successes we all enjoy. Keep in mind Rep. Jerguson supporters will probably counter this argument with their version of Winward Pkwy. We need specific plans and NOT non-specific promises from all candidates.
Nancy Bristol December 07, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I strongly support Brandon Beach to represent us in the State Senate for many reasons. He has a strong background and commitment to public service as President and CEO of the Greater N. Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Board member of the Georgia Department of Transportation, past Alpharetta City Councilman and Planning Commissioner, founding Board Member of Kings Ridge Christian School, Alpharetta Police Foundation, and the North Fulton Community Improvement District. Brandon has a proven history of supporting residents of the district. He was instrumental in securing money for Westside Parkway, the McGinnis Ferry Road expansion, turn lanes at Northpoint Parkway and Mansell Road, landscaping four interchanges, funding of the Verizon Amphitheater without exposure to the taxpayer. He chaired a successful bond referendum committee which resulted in construction of a new Alpharetta Police Headquarters, Webb Bridge Park and building the middle section of Westside Parkway. All of which improved our quality of life without using our local tax dollars. Brandon worked to raise the homstead exemption which resulted in some of the lowest city property taxes in the state. As a senator he will be in a position to demand a better and more transparent procedure for tax payers. I have worked with Brandon on various projects and find him to be very approachable, open-minded, and always willing to listen to the concerns of citizens. Let's vote in the right man this time!!!
Phil McCall December 07, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Mrs. Bristol - Thank you for clearly articulating the view that Mr. Beach has a continuous history of growing the size and complexity of government. In this economy when taxation has only gone up in his county - I would not be touting landscaping 4 intersections or building more parks in an area that already leads Ga. in the # of parks/resident. I would suggest someone explain his plan to better spend tax dollars & his plan to reduce taxation and not the things that increased taxation; unless his platform is spend more so we can tax more.
No Name December 08, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Right on, Phil. TNSTAAFL is the first thing learned in Econ 101. (There's no such thing as a free lunch.) Secured money? Whose money? Without exposure to the taxpayer? The so-called "self-taxing" CIDs? Corporations/businesses don't pay taxes -- people do. All costs are passed onto the consumer, otherwise they wouldn't stay in business. Sorry, Beach sounds like more of the same tax-and-spend politicians.
Brian Davis December 08, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Phil what are you talking about. Fulton County hasn't raised there milledge rate in 15 years and the North Fulton CID which funded the needed transportation and landscape improvements is a voluntary tax district of businesses that requires consent by commercial property owners. How does any of this contribute to growing the size and complexity of government? Please check our facts.
No Name December 08, 2012 at 09:22 PM
........And who pays the taxes raised in this district? You want people to believe that it is coming off the top of benevolent business owner's earnings? I don't think so. It gets passed along to the consumer. Before you argue that it is being paid by people outside our community.... while that may be true, keep in mind that YOU are paying taxes in other communities where you shop and do business. So it is really a wash, isn't it? It is a smoke-and-mirrors type of taxation with several layers of obfuscation. Then also this gives the businesses in the CID more power and influence. When government and business partner in this way, I believe it is called fascism, corporatism, or crony capitalism. Whatever term you want to give it, it does not promote more liberty to the individual.
Nancy Bristol December 08, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Obviously Phil does not have or want to have the facts--facts which he should study before he starts throwing daggers. The North Fulton Community Improvement District funded the intersection improvements. There was no tax money from DOT thus no taxpayer monies involved. Another fact for Phil, the CID maintains the intersections with a private landscape company again using with no tax dollars. As far as the bond, Brandon chaired a Bond Referendum Committee--a committee of private citizens which publicized the a bond which was proposed by City Council--not by Brandon. No one person alone decided to approve the bond..it was approved on a ballot by the majority of voters because they wanted to have a new Alpharetta Police Headquarters, a park on the east side of Alpharetta (Webb Bridge) and Westside Parkway to help traffic congestion. I applaud Brandon for volunteering to chair this committee because this bond has drastically improved the quality of life in Alpharetta residents.
Phil McCall December 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Mrs. Bristol - I note you picked and chose avoiding the dart of Mr. Beach on the GDOT board. As a refresher, Mr. Beach advocated a horrid expansion of government called TSPLOST. Mr. Beach in the primary sent mailers to our home touting the 'round abouts' in Cherokee County; something most voters consider a waste of taxpayer money. The list goes on and I continue to urge voters to do their own research. When voters get beyond the fluff of the slick testimonials the voters will be able to compare the two candidates. I've asked both candidates their plan to reduce taxes. Rep. Jerguson provided his plan. Mr. Beach invited me to a campaign event and to bring $250. Each candidate's response to a voter's issue is telling to this voter. In the primary I asked Senator Rogers and Mr. Beach the same 5 questions to determine which I would vote for. Senator Rogers responded within 12 hours - Mr. Beach's campaign repeatedly asked for a donation and never answered my questions. Approximately 65% of the voters in Senate District 21 are in Cherokee County; we may not always like the answers we get from our representatives, but we expect direct answers to our direct questions. There is a consistent pattern for Mr. Beach expanding government and now I would add to that condemnation that he also is unresponsive to the specifics of his plan to reduce taxes currently shown on his website. I would welcome specifics to his plan to reduce taxes and government.
Brian Davis December 09, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Sure, it gets passed down every expense does, and just like every other purchasing decision, the CID is voluntary. North Fulton has seen a tremendous benefit from the CID's investment, Westside Parkway would still be dirt if not for the CID.
Brian Davis December 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Did Sean not vote for, serve on the round table and advocate for TSPLOST until his opponent qualified. Also did he not push a bill that would have had an additional penny sales tax for transportation in Cobb, Paulding and Cherokee that would not have been subject to a vote?
Nancy Bristol December 09, 2012 at 05:32 PM
As I understand it, Brian is right in his historical analysis TSPLOST. Those men Phil mentions originally support TSPLOST (and a couple of them were in the legislature at the time and it is the Legislature that puts issues on the ballot.) When they found they had opposition they did a switch and attempted to justify their flipflop with some fancy talking--"fluff." During his campaign, we actually received a personal phone call from Chip Rogers. He gave us a cell number with an invitation to call if we had a problem....We did have a problem. We did call. He NEVER returned the call. Actions speak louder than words. Phil, have you checked to see what tax legislation Mr. Jerguson has introduced and supported. You might find it interesting. Again, actions speak louder than words. Here's another question to think about....how much is it costing the taxpayers for this special election because the man who answered your questions in 12 hours but failed to return our phone call did not complete his term? By the way, if we are involved in politics or have contributed to campaigns in the past, we receive invitations to fund-raisers. That's how our system works which I think is better than having only candidates who can self-fund their campaigns.
No Name December 09, 2012 at 07:32 PM
You've missed the point All sales taxes are voluntary if you want to look at it that way. The point is, it is still a tax. Do you think our country should be adding taxes (directly or in stealth forms), or do you think we should cut the boondoggle spending? The CID businesses are able to cultivate an unfair business relationship with the government, giving them special access and influence. I prefer free markets.
No Name December 09, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Chip was forced out by the establishment.
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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