Balfour Drawing Another Challenger, Mike Beaudreau

February 18, 2014 12:05 pm

by Charlie · 6 comments

Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau is at the Capitol today.  Word from one with him is that they are there to file a Declaration of Intent to run for Senate District 9.  That’s the seat being held by Don Balfour.

Balfour has already received a primary challenger in the form of former Snellville Lawrenceville City Councilman P.K. Martin.  Martin is said to have eaten into Balfour’s traditional base of support in the Central Gwinnett area.  With an additional entry from Beaudreau, Balfour is facing yet another challenger with experience in elective office and with an established base of support.

Primaries from “no-name”/inexperienced challengers must be taken seriously.  Primaries from experienced and reasonably popular former elected officials should serve notice that District 9 is in play this year.

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Chris Huttman February 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Just curious – you guys seem to view the Balfour stuff with such clarity – would you support a primary challenger to Olens if that person could show how Olens botched this case?

Will Durant February 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

“Equal justice for all” is our biggest lie. While Olens has some culpability there is no substitute for money in the court system. Especially when you are allowed to access “campaign donations” from years of legalized graft to grease the wheels of justice. We like to pretend that our system is better but the net result is that baksheesh still works the same here as it does elsewhere.

Beaudreau has some baggage as well from voting for yanking the garbage collection in Gwinnett from private companies to having the County play middleman and choosing your private company for you. This resulted in an increase in the collection rate for many, harm to local businesses that were pleasing their customers, and a fee added to most homeowner property tax bills, including many churches. While serving on a commission that was proven crooked he at least wasn’t forced out or convicted like his fellow commissioners, he was voted out, though admittedly by a narrow margin.

Chris Huttman February 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I don’t believe Olens has gotten any public corruption convictions against sitting elected officials – I looked through 3 years of press releases on his site.

sonofliberty February 19, 2014 at 5:44 pm
Chris Huttman February 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Crickets.

SabrinaWorks247 February 19, 2014 at 8:47 am

Chris: You mentioned Gwinnett and public corruption in your posts. I currently have an open records lawsuit against the Gwinnett Chamber, the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners and Gwinnett County Public Schools. Gwinnett taxpayers are being forced to foot the bill so the commissioners and school board can fight the lawsuit to prevent taxpayers from learning how millions of taxpayer dollars were spent. The Georgia Watchdogs website posted a presentation about the lawsuit on their website. If you go to http://www.GeorgiaWatchdogs.com, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on “Georgia News” in the navigation bar, it will take you to a page that has the link to the “Gwinnett Chamber Open Records Lawsuit”. After reading that, I would like to know if you agree that the Gwinnett commissioners have lived up to their pledge to make restoring public trust in local government their #1 priority. Charlotte Nash also was quoted in an article in the Gwinnett Daily Post saying they had put to rest any question about openness and transparency. Does anyone believe that?