Beach, Jerguson will fight it out in Senate District 21

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State Transportation Board member Brandon Beach and former House member Sean Jerguson will face off in the Jan. 8 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated last week by Chip Rogers.

Qualifying for three legislative special elections closed at 12 noon Wednesday with no other candidates stepping forward in Senate District 21, which covers portions of Cherokee and Fulton counties.

Jerguson, who lives in Cherokee County, is a gun shop owner who served three terms in the Georgia House before resigning to run for the Senate. Beach, an Alpharetta resident, is CEO of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

The race for Jerguson’s House District 21 seat attracted six candidates:

  • Bill Fincher, a Republican and a Canton attorney.
  • Brian Laurens, a Republican Party activist from Canton.
  • Kenneth Ashley Mimbs, a Canton businessman and Republican.
  • Scot Turner of Canton, a Republican who’s field services director for an IT firm.
  • Natalie Bergeron, a Democratic attorney from Canton.
  • Eduardo Correia, an international account director and independent from Canton.

Down in southwest Georgia, where John Bulloch resigned last week from the Senate District 11 seat, the candidates who qualified are:

  • Marshall Berman, a Republican and a Thomasville retiree.
  • Dean Burke, a Republican physician from Bainbridge.
  • Brad Hughes, a Blakely Republican who is self-employed.
  • Mike Keown, a Coolidge minister who served in the Georgia House as a Republican before running unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010.
  • Eugene McNease, a Republican retiree from Thomasville.
  • Lisa Collins, a Blakely Democrat who’s an economic development director.
  • Jeffrey G. Bivins, a Libertarian from Cairo.

Retired House member Gene Maddox, a Cairo Republican, decided not to run in the special election to replace Bulloch.

While each of the legislative districts had a Republican incumbent, Georgia Democrats think they may have an opportunity to poach one of the seats in the special elections.

“These resignations offer big opportunities for Georgia Democrats,” state party Chairman Mike Berlon said.

© 2012 by The Georgia Report

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Tags: Brandon Beach , Chip Rogers , legislative special elections , Sean Jerguson