Election 2012: Beach vs. Rogers for Senate District 21 Seat

The challenger is the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce president and member of the GDOT board, while the incumbent has held the seat for 10 years.

One of the most hotly contested elections is the Republican Primary for Georgia Senate District 21, which pits a long-time incumbent from Woodstock against a chamber of commerce executive from Alpharetta.

Chip Rogers, holds the seat now, but faces the challenge from Brandon Beach.

From the start, Rogers had more money in the bank and raised more money for his campaign. The incumbent had hundreds of thousands of dollars even before it was time to qualify for this election. Beach, on the other hand, has a fraction of that amount in campaign funds. And it shows. Campaign mailers have become a constant from Rogers, while Beach has had a much less expensive campaign.

Senate District 21 has an entirely different georaphic boundary starting with this election. Rogers has had to campaign in North Fulton, as Milton is now within the district, as is a small portion of Alpharetta that includes Beach's home.

The campaign has gotten a bit nasty, with supporters making so far unsubstantiated claims and having filed complaints with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (what used to be known as the State Ethics Commission).

The Issues

Just Plain Politics?

Online news site again ties Rogers to offshore gambling – Cherokee Ledger-News

Political consultant accuses Beach of making robo calls – Cherokee Tribune

Senate race gets increasingly bitter – Cherokee Tribune

Resident files complaint against Chip Rogers – Cherokee Ledger-News

 Resident files ethics complaint, Beach produces receipts – Cherokee Ledger-News

David Fige July 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM
One of the largest concerns for me is the Cost of Illegal Immigrants on the state budget. Senate Rogers has supported Tough state regulations to make being here Illegally even more undesirable. While the Chamber of Commerce apposes those new laws,( Mr Beach is a Chamber President) So either he's for the exploration of illegal labor,and/or anti legal labor to drive the labor cost down. Pew Research did a study on true cost to each state, and the conclusion was in Georgia a "Net" loss of 2.4 Billion a year (2010) and growing every year. Maybe we could fund our schools, and roads if we didn't have to fund illegals !!!
Bob Pepalis (Editor) July 31, 2012 at 01:35 PM
What other issues do people in Milton and Cherokee County think are important and that these candidates should address if elected?
Stacey July 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM
My biggest concern is education and the livelihood of our county. Cherokee County School District is one of the top in the state. Senator Chip Rogers is not a proponent of public education. I have met with him several times to share my concern about funding for our schools. He does not care that we are lacking money. Many people have moved to Cherokee County because of the schools. If our schools start to suffer, people will no longer move here and companies will not look at moving to our area. If we do not have business to support our county, our home values wil continue to decline. Brandon Beach supports public education. He undertands the importance a quality school systems has on the community. We must have people in office that are looking out or the best interest of our community. Unfortunately, the current elected officials do not appear to be concerned about the majority but with the minority. When I asked Chip why he did not listen to the majority of the voters, he told me (with others present) that he sometimes just knows better. REALLY!!! Is that the type of government our country was founded on. PLEASE realize it is time for a change!!!
Catherine S July 31, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The Brandon Beach campaign has certainly matched the Senator Chip Rogers campaign flyer for flyer in my mailbox, with enough mud slinging to go around. Senator Rogers has pledged to repeal TIA 2010, the legal foundation for the tsplost boondoggle. That, and Senator Rogers' belief that parents are best at determining what sort of education suits their child are what has earned him my vote. A vote for Mr Beach is a vote for tsplost .
Stacey July 31, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Senator Chip Rogers voted for the T-SPLOST FOUR times during the session. Really! He is only opposed to in now because his voters are opposed to it. No one has said that parents should not decide what is best for their children, BUT the state should not be able to make that decision. It should be local control. If the state will provide the funds to support the school systems, we will all be happy. Our representatives have told me we do not have the funds for education, but have you looked at some of the programs our state funds? Education and Public Safety should be two of the most important programs to fund. Start cutting the extras and fund what needs to be taken care of in our state. If our delegates did not accept all of the Lobbyist money that has no limit on the amount given to them, I am sure many of these programs would not be funded. If you take money from someone, you owe them something. We need honest, ethical candidates to serve our people and listen to us. Take some time to research the many articles about Senator Rogers and his unethical behaviors. Brandon Beach is an honest and ethical man and is willing to look at the funding issues in our state.
No Name July 31, 2012 at 05:27 PM
"Senator Chip Rogers voted for the T-SPLOST FOUR times during the session." That is a little misleading b/c the list wasn't made up at that time. Besides, it is never too late to do the right thing.
No Name July 31, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Yes. Always telling us why we should *not* vote for Chip, but rarely articulating why we *should* vote for him. Never saw any negative ads coming out of the Rogers campaign. People who have to tear down others to make themselves look good don't have much to offer.
Stacey July 31, 2012 at 05:48 PM
He and Representative Jerguson told me they had to pass it with out the list of projects because last time (2010) they could not get it to pass with the projects. Sad excuse! Still does not address the unethical behaviors of Senator Rogers. Not sure what you mean about negative ads for Rogers. The news and newspapers have reported the facts about Rogers involvement with gambling, busted hotel deal, bail-out on 2.2 million dollar loan, and more. That us not negative, if it is the truth. No one telling you why to vote for Chip may be a sign that we have mi good reason to vote for him. Sorry no support here. I have talked to him several times, and he is not willing to even try to find help for funding of public education. If you have questions about this, check out the AJC and Cherokee Tribune. They have several articles about Rogers and his "commitment" to public education.
John July 31, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I got plenty of negative adds from Chip's surrogates. As far as I am concerned, it amounts to the same thing. If he is unable or willing to control those working on his behalf, seems he does not have much to offer.
No Name July 31, 2012 at 05:56 PM
John Albers and Chip Rogers return calls almost immediately. Beach won't.... maybe because little people have nothing to offer him. That speaks volumes. If a candidate won't return calls, it doesn't bode well for what they will do after they are elected.
Stacey July 31, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Sorry that has been your experience. It is not the same that I have experienced. Brandon has given out his phone number to many people and called them back to answer questions or concerns. However, the letters and calls I made to Rogers were not answered or returned. The only call myself or other concerned friends received from Rogers was when a friend left him a message that she had contact the media about the amount of donations he has received from Lobbyists. That call was returned, and an article in the AJC was printed. I guess we just have had different experiences.
Aww Now July 31, 2012 at 06:47 PM
If the Sen Majority leader (who was on the committee) didn't want T-Splost, it would have never made it on the ballot. Just like with the local board of education redistricting - remember they got Mark Hamilton who barely covered Cherokee and now won't be. Slimy is as slimy does. You can't trust Byrd, Jurgeson or Rogers. - Not to mention they redrew Caldwell out of Byrd's area, so he moved. That says commitment! Time for a new cast! Welcome Beach, Caldwell and Scot Turner.
HFES Mom July 31, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Here's to it, 'Aww Now" I couldn't agree more! The whole lot of them you mention above speak to term limits!! Beach ran a totally above board campaing; it's just unfortunate that that the Senator has so much dirty laundry in his closet. I think District 21 (and the neighboring house districts) finally have a real choice this election season. I expect that the citizens of Cherokee and surrounding areas will exercise their choice in this election and clean house. Perhaps the Chipster (aka "Mr. $10,000 Club Member) should walk all of his ethical talk, "....just saying
Jennifer Hall July 31, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Here, Here, Aww Now!!!! Beach and Caldwell have demonstrated that they are much more ethical than the two incumbents. It's time for Rogers and Byrd to go! We need legislators who actually care about the issues and their constituents and not advancing their own personal agendas and wallets.
Susan L. July 31, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I sincerely hope that the voters are paying attention. Chip Rogers has lost touch with his constituents and caters to special interests. It is time for a change! We need honest, ethical leaders in our legislature, and Mr. Rogers does not meet these qualifications. I just voted for Brandon Beach!!


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