Brandon Beach, President of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce who came up just short in his bid against John Albers last cycle, has formally declared his candidacy for a re-drawn senate district now held by Majority Leader Chip Rogers, as was previewed here a few days ago.
Rogers, meanwhile, countered the announcement with one of his own. Former State Senator and GOP Chairman Rusty Paul, who served as Beach’s campaign manager for his 2010 run.
We’ll have dueling press releases in full below the fold. As you can tell by the early sparring, this one is likely to get interesting.
Brandon Beach announces Campaign for State Senate District 21
Brandon Beach announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for State Senate District 21 today. Beach comes to this race with real experience as an effective leader with a keen ability to represent the community’s needs. As a leader and advocate in his community and Greater Atlanta he has worked diligently to bring sorely needed relief to residents. He advocated for more jobs in North Fulton and effectively got them, even in this recession. Beach’s efforts to increase the homestead exemptions led to significantly lower taxes for Alpharetta homeowners. As a member of the State Transportation Board, Beach has brought vital traffic relief solutions to Cherokee and North Fulton Counties.
“We need leadership with integrity in the State Legislature. More importantly the people of Cherokee County and North Fulton need effective representation, we need a Senator that is responsive to the people of the 21st district; a Senator who is solutions-driven. I believe I have the experience necessary to provide this leadership.” said Beach.
Beach, no stranger to public service was elected as a member of the Alpharetta City Council. He served on the council from 2000-2004. Since he left council Beach has served as President/CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce where he fought for local businesses and economic growth.
Beach added, “I am proud of my work leading the charge to increase Alpharetta’s homestead exemption to one of the highest in the state; which resulted in significantly lower taxes for every homeowner.
Since 2008, Beach has served as the 6th District Representative on the State Transportation Board, elected by legislators in North Fulton, Cobb, and Cherokee counties. He is still a member of the Board.” “Serving on the State Transportation Board is an honor and it has enabled me to meet many leaders in both the public and private sector. The 6th District has seen many transportation improvements; two recent examples are the opening of Westside Parkway in Alpharetta and the interchange at I-575 and Rope Mill Road which is currently under construction.”
“I’m a conservative, solutions-based leader who believes in lower taxes, less government and local control.”
While acknowledging that creating jobs and strengthening the state and local economy is his highest priority, Beach says there are a number of other issues, notably improving education, and transportation infrastructure, which he believes are important to the people of the 21st Senate District.
The foundation of our community is providing excellent education. Beach said, “We have excellent schools in Cherokee County and North Fulton because of dedicated parents, teachers and principals. Cherokee and North Fulton need a Senator who is an advocate for improving and sustaining our children’s education.”
He continued, “My opponent cloaks his top down, Washington-like control of education with terms like ‘educational freedom.’ Real educational freedom is allowing teachers to teach and principals to manage schools. School boards and the parents that elect them know what is right for their school district, not bureaucrats in D.C. and Atlanta.”
Brandon and Shuntel, his wife of 28 years, are both residents of North Fulton. They have two children; Courtney a graduate of the University of Georgia and now a law student at College of Charleston and Hunter a golfer at North Georgia College. Both children are graduates of Milton High School. The Beach’s’ are long time active members of the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church. They are also natives of Louisiana.
“We came to Atlanta 20 years ago, because Louisiana had lost its way. The politicians squandered opportunities to invest in education, transportation and lay the foundation for economic development. I want my children to have the choice to return to the 21st Senate District to raise their families, not to be forced away because the politicians failed to step up. The citizens of the 21st district deserve a Senator that will work hand in hand with their other elected officials to get things done at the Gold Dome. The people of the 21st District deserve a Senator that is approachable and in touch with the needs of the community.”
Beach says that he was approached by numerous people asking him to seek office because the 21st District has not been effectively represented in the State Senate. Something he says needs to change immediately.
“I’ll bring a new approach to representing our District. By understanding the needs of business and job growth as well as understanding the inner workings of government, I will provide effective solutions-driven leadership for our citizens.”
Senator Rogers Endorsed by Beach’s Former Campaign Manager
Alpharetta– Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers announced the support of former State Senator and State Republican Party Chairman Rusty Paul. Paul also served previously as the campaign manager for Brandon Beach a rumored but yet announced or filed candidate for the 21st Senate District.
“I’ve worked with Sen. Rogers for over a decade. While some people claim to be conservative, he’s the walking, talking, living, breathing real thing. Plus, he’s a committed problem solver who is unbelievably adept at developing workable solutions that get the job done without chewing up taxpayer dollars in the process” Said former State Senator and Republican Party Chairman Rusty Paul, Beach’s former campaign manager.
Previously the campaign released unanimous support of the Republican members of the Fulton County delegation. The 21st Senate district is now comprised of parts of Cherokee County and the cities of Milton and Alpharetta in North Fulton County.
“I am blessed to have the support of numerous conservative leaders around my district and our state. Rusty Paul is one of those leaders and I am proud to have his endorsement. Rusty, and conservatives across District 21, have rallied to my steadfast leadership in support of smaller government, lower taxes and educational freedom and choice. People are fed up with perennial candidates desperately seeking titles. Like Rusty, the people of Cherokee and Fulton have enthusiastically embraced my consistent and bold leadership for our conservative values. I will continue to stand strong for them and our shared conservative values,” said Senator Rogers.
Senator Rogers has earned a reputation for being one of Georgia’s strongest advocates on behalf of taxpayers. Rogers has also become a national leader for the pursuit of educational freedom, giving students and parents more opportunity and choice.
Senator Rogers serves as Georgia’s Majority Leader in the State Senate being elected by his peers unanimously. Over the coming weeks Senator Rogers’ campaign will continue to release lists of business, political, and local leaders joining his “Campaign for a Better Georgia”.