From a press release. Also, the election is now officially January 8th:
Alpharetta, GA – Today Brandon Beach announced his intention to run in the Special Election for State Senate District 21, a seat formerly held by Chip Rogers. Before the special-election race begins, Beach would like to thank Senator Rogers for his service to the State and wish him well in his new endeavor. Beach is energized and ready to run for this vacancy.
Beach is overwhelmed by the show of support he has received from citizens, business leaders, and elected officials encouraging him to run for this vacancy. Beach has received endorsements from Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Sheriff Roger Garrison, Cherokee County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens, Commissioners Jason Nelms and Jim Hubbard, Senator Jeff Mullis, Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood and many more elected officials from around the district and the state. Beach stated that the support he has received from hundreds of citizens from all over Cherokee County is especially heartwarming.
Beach comes to this race with real experience as an effective leader and unique qualities to represent the needs of District 21 constituents. Beach has long been a leader in the community who has worked diligently to bring new jobs and needed traffic and tax relief to residents.
“The people of Cherokee County and North Fulton need effective representation under the Gold Dome; 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,” said Beach.
No stranger to public service, Beach served as a member of the Alpharetta City Council from 2000-2004 where he championed lower taxes. Through his work on establishing Alpharetta’s Homestead Exemption, all homeowners realized significantly lower taxes. Beach said, “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.”
Beach has worked as President/CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce for the past 10 years. Throughout his tenure, Beach has worked diligently with politicians to develop pro-business initiatives on all levels of local, state, national and even international governments. Even in this recession, the Chamber and its various entities have been instrumental in creating 2,500+ new jobs in North Fulton. Beach fosters a unified approach to promote the six cities in the Chamber footprint. His visionary and collaborative principles will serve him well in the Georgia Senate.
Since 2007 Beach has represented Cherokee and North Fulton as the 6th District representative on the State Transportation Board. The 6th District Legislative Delegation twice voted Beach to this post unanimously. In this position he has brought vital traffic relief solutions to Cherokee and North Fulton Counties.
Beach said, “Serving on the State Transportation Board is an honor; 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 Ridgewalk Parkway, which opened earlier this month ahead of schedule and under budget.”
While acknowledging that creating jobs and strengthening the state and local economy are his highest priorities, Beach says there are a number of other issues, notably improving education and continuing to improve transportation infrastructure, which he believes are important. Beach said, “The people of the 21st District deserve a Senator who is approachable and in touch with the needs of the community. I’m a conservative, solutions-based leader who believes in lower taxes, less government, and local control.”
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.
“We came to Atlanta 20 years ago. I’ve seen a lot of change, and I’m proud to say that I’ve been a part of the change and growth. North Fulton and Cherokee are on the cusp of several years of amazing growth, and I look forward to leading the way through my work as a Georgia Senator. The citizens of the 21st District deserve a Senator who will work hand in hand with other elected officials in a unified effort to affect positive change in the Great State of Georgia, and I am confident that I am the man for the job”