Incumbent Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, is vacating the post to run for the District 11 U.S. House seat next year. That position is currently held by Dr. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, who is running for retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ post in 2014.
District 54 includes parts of Buckhead and Brookhaven. Beskin, a Republican, is joining three other GOP candidates running for the seat - Loretta Lepore, John McCloskey and Angelic Moore. Beskin, a Republican, is an attorney and a partner in the Vinings-area law firm Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen.
“I’m a small government Republican,” she said in a statement. “I’m running for the House because we need true conservative legislators who will work to reduce the size of government and reduce its ever-increasing intrusion into our daily lives.”
Beskin said she plans to soon unveil a plan for a “major property tax cut for senior citizens in our district, as well as to eliminate the Georgia income tax and replace it with a fairer system.”
She said her experience makes her a strong candidate. In 2011, when Atlanta Public Schools faced the potential loss of accreditation, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed her to serve as his liaison to keep him apprised of the district’s status. In that capacity, Beskin attended all school board meetings and reported the district’s progress to the governor’s office.
She also pointed out her strong work ethic, saying she worked her way through Tulane University in New Orleans, La., with a combination of scholarships, loans and student jobs. She earned a master’s degree in geology from the University of New Orleans and her law degree from Louisiana State.
Beth and her husband, Dr. Jim Beskin, an orthopedic surgeon with Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic in Atlanta, have two daughters, Alison and Claire, who attended both Atlanta public schools and private schools. They are active members of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Beth Beskin serves on the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy’s board and chairs its watershed subcommittee. She is also vice president and a member of the Brandon Neighborhood Association’s board.
This is the third time Beskin has run for office since 2010. That year she ran for the District 38 state Senate seat, losing to incumbent Horacena Tate, a Democrat, with 36 percent of the vote. Beskin ran for the District 6 state Senate post two years ago but dropped out of the race, which included three other Republicans, before the primary.