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SEN. BRANDON BEACH
The Alpharetta Republican, rst elected to the Georgia
Senate in 2013, ably represents portions
of Cherokee and Fulton counties and
is known as one of the “go-to guys”
to get major legislation amended
or passed. He impacts the lives of
just about every Georgian by chairing the Transportation Committee
and by service on the Economic
Development and Tourism, Higher
Education, Rules and MARTOC committees.
Beach helped pass major tax cuts in the past, is promoting various transportation and infrastructure initiatives and, also during the 2020 session, is a premier
advocate of supporting the peoples’ right to vote on destination resort gaming and local option pari-mutuel
horse racing as new state revenue sources.
As the former president and CEO of the Greater
North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Beach has been
recognized for promoting clean industry leading to more
job creation. He also is one of the founders and the current executive director of the North Fulton Community
Improvement District. Under his leadership, for example, this CID has invested more than $18 million to help
bring more than $91 million in new infrastructure for
the district— reducing congestion and increasing mobility for his constituents.
STATE REP. john carson
Atlanta native John Carson first began representing
northeast Cobb and southeast
Cherokee counties as a
Republican in the state House
after being elected in a 2011
special election runoff.
As sponsor of the Hands-Free
Georgia Act in 2018 which has
reduced distracted driving, he seeks
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ing nes because he feels they’re too low and must be
more of a deterrent. Carson also seeks to end a conictof-interest concerning tax credits for school choice programs and hopes to reduce the city of Atlanta’s control
over Hartseld-Jackson airport (and especially over its
corruption-riddled contracting system).
Budget watchdog Carson, who received a Masters
degree in nance from Kennesaw State University, is a
certied public accountant employed with Monarch
Private Capital. He’s an ex-officio member of the
Appropriations Committee and serves on other House
panels including Insurance, MARTOC, Rules,
Transportation and Ways and Means.
SEN. ed harbison
Prior to his 1992 election to the state Senate, Ed
Harbison of Columbus served on both
the Muscogee County School Board
and the Columbus Charter Review
Commission. Currently chairman
of the State Institutions and
Property Committee, he’s the
ranking member of the Banking,
Insurance and Labor, Interstate
Cooperation, Reapportionment &
Redistricting and Ethics committees.
A proud Vietnam veteran and Democrat, Harbison is
vice chairman of the Veterans Committee and responsible for legislation establishing a separate veterans court,
establishing the Georgia Military Hall of Fame and passing legislation consolidating Chattahoochee County and
Cusseta. Among many other of his bills, the senator
successfully sponsored legislation cutting red tape for
children of military families who transfer from one state
to another. Harbison is also a reliable champion of bills
improving Georgia healthcare.
The senator is a public relations and advertising
consultant.
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