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Brandon Beach's State Senate Candidacy Survives Challenge

An administrative law judge ruled on July 12 that the District 21 Republican was qualified for as a candidate for the election.

A voter's challenge to Brandon Beach's candidacy was thrown out by an administrative law judge, according to a report first made by Atlanta Journal-Constitution Political Insider Jim Galloway.

Beach is trying to unseat Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, in the .

The challenge claimed that since Beach was elected by legislators to his post on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board, then he was ineligible for his state Senate candidacy because he was still holding that elective position.

But Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker said the Georgia Constitution does not support the argument at sitting on the Transportation Board prohibits him from running for office.

"We were always confident that I met all the qualifications," Beach said after the ruling was made.

Walker's order, posted by Galloway online, and available at the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings website, said that state law "provides only that "[t]he office of any state, county or municipal elected official shall be declared vacant upon such elected official qualifying, in a general primary or general election, or special primary or special election, for another state, county, or municipal elective office." (emphasis added).

Walker said in the order that the issue of whether Beach's Transportation Board seat became vacant upon qualifying as a candidate for state Senate was not an issue brought by the challenge.

"It was political," he said, saying someone from his opponent's supporters filed the complaint.

"My opponent always preaches freedom of choice," Beach said. "I should have a freedom to run for office."

As far as the election goes, Beach said, "Obviously voters are going to decide at the ballot box. That's democracy at its best and the American way."

Throw out the incumbants! July 15, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Thank God common sense prevailed! A rare but appreciated occurrence with in the most unethical legislature in the nation. Replace them all! Throw out the incumbents! Cherokee County is certainly worse off now then when Chipper took over! We need some common sense leading us.... Not some character like Rogers who is only looking out for himself....
Jim July 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
He should have resigned and will no doubt be kicked off the dot board when he loses the election. Beach is the worst kind of egomaniac and should never hold office. He is also demeaning to women.
Throw out the incumbants! July 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Jim... You are just sad. I am a business woman who has interacted with Mr. Beach. He has shown me and the other women in my group nothing but respect. Can you people go any lower?
Jim July 16, 2012 at 01:02 PM
You obviously don't know Beach. Wait to you learn about his girlfriend. Yeah, that's right - he is a real slime ball.
Throw out the incumbants! July 16, 2012 at 01:11 PM
As opposed to the guy that let two teenage boys sit in jail after he told them to steal signs. As opposed to the bad bank loan that he stiuck the bank after putting cash down on his home. Yea... Your boy Chip Will the Winner Rogers is so far beyond reprehensible that we can all wait for his judgement day!!!!!
Throw out the incumbants! July 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Never ceases to surprise me how low Chipper's campaign will stoop. Classic Rogers smear technique except this time his constituents are on to his nasty ways. Explain to me how you are better now then before chipper took office? Oh, you may be better off as it is clear you are one of his cronies....

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