On Thursday, Georgia Department of Transportation board member Brandon Beach of Alpharetta announced his intention to challenge Rogers for the Georgia Senate District 21 seat, which will include the eastern half of Cherokee County.
In a news release, Beach said he brings “real experience as an effective leader with an ability to represent the community’s needs.”
Beach said he’s running because he believes the state needs “leadership with integrity” in the Georgia General Assembly and residents in the 21st District need “effective representation” that is responsive to citizens.
“I believe I have the experience necessary to provide this leadership,” he said.
Beach also said the district needs a senator who is an “advocate for improving and sustaining our children’s education.”
Beach also touted his desire to advocate for improving education and transportation infrastructure.
“Real education freedom is allowing teachers to teach and principals to manage schools,” he said. “School boards and the parents that elect them know what is right for their school district, not bureaucrats in (Washington) D.C. and Atlanta.”
Since 2008, Beach has been the 6th Congressional district representative for the Georgia Department of Transportation’s board, which represents north Fulton, north DeKalb, Cobb and Cherokee counties.
He’s also served as the president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and once served as a member of the Alpharetta City Council between 2000 and 2004.
Beach also touted his service on the board and added the 6th Congressional district has seen “many transportation improvements,” including the Interstate 575 interchange at Ridgewalk Parkway under construction in Woodstock and the opening of Westside Parkway in Alpharetta.
Beach and his wife, Shuntel, both natives of Louisiana, have two adult children, Courtney and Hunter, who are both graduates of Milton High School. The family attends Alpharetta First United Methodist Church.