Race for Senate heads negative; Mailers hit voters as last days of race wind down
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
January 04, 2013 11:51 PM | 2760 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The battle to fill the state Senate District 21 seat is heating up in its final days.

With the special election to fill the position vacated by Chip Rogers set for Tuesday, Republican candidates Brandon Beach and Sean Jerguson will spend the weekend on the campaign trail.

Both say they feel good about how the race is going.

Jerguson said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the campaign and will continue to campaign through Tuesday.

Beach said he feels good about the community support he’s received.

“We’ve got a lot of good grassroots support, and we’re fortunate to have a lot of leaders in the community supporting us. We feel good about our volunteers,” Beach said.

Beach said he intends to “do the regular shoe leather politics” over the weekend.

Despite the positive talk from both candidates, a number of negative mailers about both candidates have hit voters’ mailboxes in recent days.

Both candidates when asked about the mailers said that negative advertisements put out against them contain false information.

Jerguson said his campaign has provided factual information in mail-outs, while his opponent has not.

“My opponent’s rhetoric is factually false. It’s really sad that someone would have to fabricate falsehoods in order to win an election,” he said.

Jerguson declined to elaborate.

Beach said advertisements painting him as a “big tax-and-spend guy” are untrue.

“It’s sad that it has to come to that. His attacks on me are false. I have never voted for a tax increase. When I was on the (Alpharetta) City Council, I voted for the strongest homestead exemption in the state of Georgia,” he said.

TSPLOST, the failed transportation penny sales tax, has been an issue of contention between the candidates, with Beach serving as a representative on the Georgia Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Board and Jerguson having voted in favor of creating the TSPLOST but later pulling his support.

“(Jerguson) voted four times for the TSPLOST and put it on the ballot. He was on the roundtable that picked the project list. He voted for the largest tax increase in the state of Georgia. I’ve never been in the legislature to vote on that,” Beach said.

Beach touted his accomplishments on the transportation board as something that sets him apart from the opposition.

“I have a proven track record of getting things done. There’s the $17.1 million interchange at Ridgewalk Parkway, Commerce Boulevard that’s going to create hundreds of jobs being associated with the new hospital, the Sixes Road improvements,” he said.

Jerguson said his record in the Legislature is proof of what he will do if elected to the state Senate.

“Certainly, I stand on my record of acting in the best interest of Cherokee County. I’m a conservative, and my conservative principles have been displayed over the last six years in the state Legislature,” Jerguson said.

Early voting ended Friday.

The special election will take place Tuesday with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No voting will take place Voters must vote in their assigned precincts.

Voters within the following precincts may be eligible to cast ballots:

Air Acres, Arnold Mill, Avery, Ball Ground, Bascomb, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridgemill, Conns Creek, Deer Run, Free Home, Hickory Flat, Hightower, Hillside, Holly Springs, Liberty, Little River, Macedonia, Mountain Road, Neese, Rosecreek, Sixes, Teasley, Toonigh, Union Hill, Univeter, Wildcat, Woodlands and Woodstock.

Not all voters within these precincts are eligible to vote in the special election, since some precincts include voters in multiple districts. Some voters are eligible to vote in both races, and some are eligible to vote in one race.

Voters should check their registration cards, call the county elections office at (770) 479-0407, or visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page at mvp.sos.state.ga.us for information about voting eligibility.
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January 05, 2013
"Jerguson said his record in the Legislature is proof of what he will do if elected to the state Senate."

Didn't Jerguson vote to change the Cherokee County Commission and School Board Districts' boundaries and election procedures over the objections of the Commission and Board?
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