Greater North Fulton Chamber President & CEO Brandon Beach on Monday formally qualified to run for the Georgia Senate District 21 seat.
"The citizens of District 21 need a committed, consistent, conservative leader, with a proven track record of accomplishment representing them in the State Senate," Beach said in a statement after qualifying.
Beach will take on State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs), who announced his intentions last week to qualify and run for the senate seat, which was vacated by former Senator Chip Rogers.
Jerguson has to also resign from the House District 21 seat he was reapportioned into and subsequently won in the Nov. 6 general election.
Jerguson currently represents the State House District 22, and if he'd chosen not to seek the senate seat, he would have been sworn in as the state representative for the House District 21 seat in January.
The special election for both races will be Jan. 8, 2013.
Holly Springs resident Scot Turner and Hickory Flat resident Brian Laurens have both announced their plans to formally qualify for that seat.
Qualifying started for both seats today and runs through Wednesday at noon at the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 802 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Southeast in Atlanta.
The fee to qualify for each seat is $400.