Two hope to claim Rogers’ Senate seat
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
December 06, 2012 12:00 AM | 3259 views | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two candidates have already stepped forward with plans to seek the state Senate District 21 seat vacated Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), above.<br>Staff/Jon Gillooly
Two candidates have already stepped forward with plans to seek the state Senate District 21 seat vacated Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), above.
Staff/Jon Gillooly
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Two candidates have already stepped forward with plans to seek the state Senate District 21 seat vacated Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock).

State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs) and Brandon Beach, 6th District representative on the state Transportation Board, both announced plans Wednesday to run for the Senate seat.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Wednesday calling the special election on Jan. 8 and official qualifying is expected to take place next week.

Jerguson will resign his seat in the Georgia House of Representatives to run.

“We thought it was important that the county have strong conservative leadership in the Senate. A number of local leaders and elected officials have called and emailed and encouraged me to run,” Jerguson said.

Beach, who lost a bid for the District 21 seat to Rogers in the July primary, said he wishes the departing senator well in his new job at Georgia Public Broadcasting and appreciates Rogers’ service.

Beach said he comes to this race with real experience as an effective leader and unique qualities to represent the needs of District 21 constituents.

“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.

Jerguson said giving up his House seat to run for Senate was a “difficult decision.”

“It’s a decision I’ve deliberated on. The other legislators in our county have fully supported me in this decision, and I think this is the right thing to do for our county,” he said.

Jerguson called the support of the community over the last 48 hours “very, very humbling.”

Jerguson was elected in July to a two-year term representing House District 21. He has served six years as the District 22 representative. He is owner of Hi-Caliber, a gun store and indoor shooting range, in addition to Jerguson Construction Inc.

Beach, who has worked as president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce for the past 10 years, said that throughout his tenure he has worked diligently with politicians to develop pro-business initiatives on all levels of local, state, national and even international governments

“We have some tough challenges, and education is one,” Beach said. “We have to have quality education if we are going to have any hope of competing economically.”

Beach said he has already lined up support for his bid including Sheriff Roger Garrison, Cherokee County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens, Commissioners Jason Nelms and Jim Hubbard, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Sen. Jeff Mullis, Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood and many more elected officials from around the district and the state.

Beach said the support he has received from hundreds of citizens from all over Cherokee County is especially heartwarming.

“I think Cherokee County needs someone who will work with the local elected officials,” Beach said. “I think it is a problem to have just a once-a-year meeting with local officials, but instead I will be in constant contact and have an open door policy. That is what I do as a DOT board member, and I will do that in the state Senate.”

Outgoing state House member Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) has said she will not seek the Senate seat.

“It’s not the time for me to run for another seat. That’s not to say I won’t do so in the future,” she said.
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buzz off
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December 07, 2012
Looks like the "TAX EM TO DEATH POWER STRUCTURE" has been successful in eliminating Senator Rogers and trying to elect Mr Beach who wanted to impose a 1% sales tax on the elderly for basic needs (food/medicine). Mr Beach's motivation is to include Cherokee tax dollars in the support of the failing MARTA system where $100,000 salaries abound and where several bus drivers make over $300,000 per year according to WSB TV. Thats right over $300,000 per year. Sign me up. Of course the money from this adventure come from the usual real estate development gang of developers, contractors, consultants, chambers of commerce, banks and others who will reap millions from this multi billion dollar boon doggle. DEFEATING BEACH AND COMPLETING THE PURGE OF THE SURVIVING BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF EVERY CHEROKEE COUNTY VOTERS LIST IN JANUARY 2013.
informed citizen
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December 11, 2012
Rogers is a cry baby quitter. No one eliminated him. Marta bus drivers do not make 300K a year. You are a stooge of the current Cherokee county bozos that supported Rogers. BTW, Rogers being a baby and quitting costs taxpayers $500,000. Take your pacifier and bottle and go home. Good riddance to you and the cronies you support. Beach is the best qualified candidate for the job. We are tired of being the laughing stock of the Republican party here. Time for a true conservative, not a fraud.
Kathy Thompson
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December 06, 2012
Brandon Beach received thousands of write-in votes during this past election with absolutely no effort. People are just sick of the same corrupt legislators running our government and are looking for a CHANGE! No offense to Mr. Jerguson, but there is no daylight between him and Chip Rogers. They are cut from the same cloth with the same supporters and completely divisive ideas. We need someone like Mr. Beach with new ideas, a successful background and morally unmatched in this field. He can unite our county with hope of brining back respectable, accountable leadership! Thank God for this wonderful turn of events and the chance to put someone in office we can actually be proud of!!!!!
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