MILTON, Ga. – Brandon Beach said he didn’t throw away his “Beach for Senate” signs, but he had to admit he didn’t think he would need them again this soon.
But with the surprisingly sudden resignation of state Sen. Chip Rogers as Senate majority leader, Beach has to pick up where he left off in his campaign against Rogers. The special election will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8.
His only opponent will be Holly Springs state Rep. Sean Jerguson, who also qualified to run. Jerguson, who owns a gun store, had to resign his seat as a representative, and that vacated seat will also be filled Jan. 8.
Beach had his campaign kickoff Dec. 13 at the Olde Blind Dog in Crabapple, and there were some high profile dignitaries showing their support for his candidacy. Top of the list is Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle who was named as a presenting sponsor of the event.
Prominent among the other presenters were elected officials from Cherokee County: Commission Chairman L.B. “Buzz” Ahrens, Commissioner Jim Hubbard, Cherokee Sheriff Roger Garrison, Board of Education Chairman Mike Chapman and Board of Education Chairwoman-elect Janet Read.
Other supporters at the kickoff included Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood and, although Roswell is not in District 21, Roswell Mayor Jere Wood.
Other supporters signing on include former Atlanta Brave John Smoltz, Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann and state Rep. Chuck Martin.
Beach, who will keep his job as president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce if elected, said he felt good about the campaign.
“We have a good group of volunteers. This election is going to be a sprint [it’s over in 30 days]. I’m going to keep my message short and to the point: I’m conservative, consistent and committed. My goal is to make our community better – that means North Fulton and Cherokee. I see it as one district.”
He said his four years as a member of the Georgia Department of Transportation Board and more than a decade with the North Fulton Chamber give him both the business savvy and the connections to help bring jobs to District 21.
“Government doesn’t create jobs, but it can certainly create the climate that will be receptive to business,” he said.
“What we need are committed leaders who understand the reality of economic growth while they fight for smaller government and lower taxes.”
Beach said he is committed to local control of decisions that affect local citizens’ lives. As a small businessman and former city councilman, Beach said he understands that local control is essential for success at the local level.
“I want to empower people so they can solve their problems themselves, rather than have officials higher try to do it for them,” he said.