Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections for December 7, 2012

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections

Senator  John Bulloch (R-Ochlocknee) has resigned his seat on Thursday, opening another special election for the Georgia State Senate.

Bulloch had served as the chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs committee, and as vice chairman of the Natural Resources and Environment committee. He was also a member of the Appropriations and Banking and Financial Institutions committees.

In a statement, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said that Bulloch was “a great example of what every public serant should strive to be.”

“His passion for agriculture, our state’s No. 1 industry, was unyielding,” Cagle said. “He worked tirelessly for his entire career in public service and he never forgot that service wasn’t about him, but about those who had trusted him to be their voice in government.”

Speculation on candidates to succeed Bulloch has so far centered on Brad Hughes of Early County, the Chairman of the Second District Georgia Republican Party and Mike Keown, who ran against Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop in 2010.

Governor Nathan Deal has issued a Writ of Election for the Special Election to be held January 8, 2013.

Bulloch served as chairman of the Senate committee that handles agricultural policy. He is perhaps best known for sponsoring legislation that allowed Georgians to vote locally on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales. 

Chip Rogers’s decision to leave the State Senate if he can’t be Majority Leader to spend more time with his family has set the dominos tumbling.

Governor Deal set the Special Election to succeed Senator Chip Rogers in Senate District 21 for January 8, 2013.

First, State Rep. Sean Jerguson announced he will run for Senate District 21

Jerguson must resign his seat as the State House representative for District 21, but wants to ensure the timing is right, so Gov. Nathan Deal can call for a special election for both the House District 21 and State Senate District 21 seats, so it will not cost the taxpayers more money.

He spoke to the Holly Springs Patch:

The state representative said he’s gotten support from most of Cherokee County’s legislative delegation members, such as State Rep.-elect Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), State Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), State Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) and State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat).

He also noted he’s received support from Holly Springs Mayor Tim Downing and other non-elected community leaders.

We’ve received reports that Jerguson was calling lobbyists for money yesterday. Here is Jerguson’s website.

Later yesterday, Brandon Beach, who ran against Rogers in the Republican Primary this year, also announced his candidacy.

Beach is overwhelmed by the show of support he has received from citizens, business leaders, and elected officials encouraging him to run for this vacancy.   Beach has received endorsements from Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Sheriff Roger Garrison, Cherokee County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens, Commissioners Jason Nelms and Jim Hubbard, Incoming School Board Chair Janet Read, School Board Chairman Mike Chapman, School Board Member-Elect Patsy Jordan, Senator Jeff Mullis, Representative Chuck Martin, Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood, Woodstock City Councilwoman Tessa Basford and many more elected officials from around the district and the state.  Beach stated that the support he has received from hundreds of citizens from all over Cherokee County is especially heartwarming.

“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.

No stranger to public service, Beach served as a member of the Alpharetta City Council from 2000-2004 where he championed lower taxes. Through his work on establishing Alpharetta’s Homestead Exemption, all homeowners realized significantly lower taxes.  Beach said, “I am proud of implementing one of the strongest Homestead Exemptions in the State of Georgia that resulted in tax relief for the citizens of Alpharetta.”

Note the strong Cherokee contingent backing Beach. This promises to be an interesting campaign. Here is Brandon Beach’s website.

Beach is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, December 13th from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Olde Blind Dog Pub at 1250 Crabapple Rd in Milton, Georgia. Co-hosts include Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and John Smoltz.

Once Jerguson announced his run for Senate, Scot Turner announced his campaign to succeed Jerguson in State House District 21.

Scot Turner, who earned more than 4000 votes in the Republican Primary Election for State House District 21 in July 2012, announced that he will run for the State House seat that is being vacated by State Rep. Sean Jerguson. A special election is expected to be called by Governor Nathan Deal for January 8, 2013.

“During the Republican primary campaign this summer, one of the greatest opportunities I received was the chance to listen to the concerns and issues that are important to the people of Cherokee County. I believe our message of restoring faith in government resonated with the voters,” said Turner.

“I am now humbled and excited to have the opportunity to continue what we started just under one year ago.   Given the opportunity to continue the fight to serve our area, I will again seek to earn your vote for the Georgia House of Representatives in District 21,” said Turner.

During the Primary campaign, Turner set a policy of not accepting contributions from lobbyists or out-of-state residents.

Erstwhile political consultant  Brian Laurens is also running for the State House seat, we haven’t seen one yet, but have heard that he will run. Though it can be tough running while carrying a lot of baggage.

Laurens, 29, got involved in Republican Party politics while in college, working on the campaigns of conservative candidates across the state.

He worked on the gubernatorial campaign of former Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2002 and has served in consulting, senior staff and volunteer roles on several congressional, statewide and local political campaigns. 

In the Republican Party, Laurens has served as precinct chair, a county officer, a district officer and has served on the Georgia Republican Party’s state committee.

Laurens has also served as chair of a local Young Republicans club and as the executive director of the Georgia Young Republicans. 

Laurens owns Brikel Communications, a political strategy consulting organization.    

Did Brian Laurens forget to mention his stint working for John Oxendine’s campaign for Governor against eventual winner Nathan Deal?

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