One Alpharetta resident is challenging incumbent Chip Rogers of Woodstock for the District 21 seat in the state Senate this year.
District 21 covers parts of north Fulton and Cherokee County.
Brandon Beach, chief executive officer of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, qualified to run against Rogers in the upcoming election.
Beach said his main focus is on education, and he has seen through interactions with local businesses how good education opportunities helps attract business.
“As CEO of the Chamber of Commerce I realize the foundation for our success is a quality of education,” he said. “We’ve been blessed here in Cherokee and north Fulton to have good quality schools and I want to make sure we carry on that local control.”
He also said he believes in lower taxes and less government, citing problems of over-regulation inhibiting businesses.
“I think government has a tendency to make it hard for people to get into business. I want to look at all regulations on the business community and regulations, quite frankly, on citizens,” he said. “We need to make sure we streamline regulations.”
Beach is going up against Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, who said his focus in legislation is on economic freedom, educational freedom and personal freedom.
Rogers said one of the most important issues in Georgia is job growth.
“I have led the way on significant tax cuts, including an elimination of the energy tax used in manufacturing,” he said. “The result has been major job announcements for our state.”
Another issue Rogers said was important to the state was government reduction.
“We also must pass a Constitutional Amendment to limit government spending,” he said. “The combination of cutting taxes and shrinking government can make Georgia the most entrepreneur friendly and prosperous state in America.”
Echoing the cries of many in north Fulton, Rogers said he believes forming Milton County is important.
“We must create Milton County,” he said. “I have previously introduced a Constitutional Amendment to make this a reality. I will continue this fight until it happens.”
Information: www.beachforsenate.com and www.senatorchiprogers.com.