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.