Don Balfour

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Don Balfour
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Georgia State Senate District 9
Incumbent
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,341.68/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1992
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayMay 3, 1957
Place of birthNew Brunswick, New Jersey
ProfessionExecutive, Waffle House Incorporated
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Don Balfour (b. May 3, 1957) is a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992. Balfour was suspended from his duties as Senator from November 2013 to January 2014. This stemmed from his September 2013 indictment on felony charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and false statement and writing.[1][2] Balfour was acquitted of all charges in December 2013 and reinstated as Senator when the chamber convened its 2014 session.[3][4]

Biography

Balfour earned his B.S. from Bob Jones University. His professional experience includes working as an Executive for Waffle House Incorporated since 1980.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Balfour served on the following committees:

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Reapportionment and Redistricting, Chair
Health and Human Services, Vice Chair
Appropriations
Banking and Financial Institutions
Finance

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Balfour served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Balfour served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Timothy Andrew Swiney was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Michael A. "Mike" Beaudreau and P.K. Martin advanced past incumbent Donald K. Balfour in the Republican primary. Beaudreau faced Martin in a runoff election on July 22, 2014, which Martin won. Swiney will face Martin in the general election.[5][6][7]

Georgia State Senate, District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael A. Beaudreau 38.2% 5,548
Green check mark transparent.pngP.K. Martin 33.1% 4,810
Don Balfour Incumbent 28.6% 4,157
Total Votes 14,515

2012

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Balfour ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 9. Balfour defeated Steve Ramey and Travis Bowden in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012. Scott Drake ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9] Balfour won re-election in the general election.[10]

Georgia State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Balfour Incumbent 61.8% 46,464
     Democratic Scott Drake 38.2% 28,713
Total Votes 75,177
Georgia State Senate, District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Balfour Incumbent 62.8% 14,083
Steve Ramey 19.6% 4,404
Travis Bowden 17.6% 3,951
Total Votes 22,438

2010

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2010

Balfour ran for re-election to the 9th District seat in 2010. Balfour defeated Rashid Malik (D) in the November 2 general election.[11]

Georgia State Senate District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Balfour Incumbent 64.4% 35,579
     Democratic Rashid Malik 35.6% 19,640
Total Votes 55,219

He defeated Joe Anderson and Travis Bowden in the July 20th primary.[12]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Balfour won re-election to the Georgia Senate from Georgia's 9th Senate district. Balfour ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 59,047 votes.[13] Balfour raised $421,085 for his campaign in 2008.[14]

2006

Balfour won election to District 9 of the Georgia State Senate. He was unopposed in the general election on November 7, 2006.[15]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Balfour is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, Balfour raised a total of $2,179,307 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[16]

Don Balfour's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $372,746
2010 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $343,411
2008 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $421,085
2006 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $378,640
2004 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $211,829
2002 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $79,735
2000 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $27,110
1998 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $56,424
1996 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $142,934
1994 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $30,544
1992 Georgia State Senate, District 9 Won $114,849
Grand Total Raised $2,179,307

2012

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $372,746.
Georgia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Don Balfour's campaign in 2012
Wal-Mart$5,000
Georgia Hospital Association$5,000
1-800 Contacts$5,000
Stephens, John D$5,000
Er Snell Contractors$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$372,746
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $343,411.

2008

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $421,085.

2006

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $378,640.

2004

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $211,829.

2002

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $79,735.

2000

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $27,110.

1998

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $56,424.

1996

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $142,934.

1994

Balfour won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 1994. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $30,544.

1992

Balfour won election to the Georgia State Senate in 1992. During that election cycle, Balfour raised a total of $114,849.

Personal

Balfour and his wife, Ginny, have one child.

Controversies

Indictment

In September 2013, Balfour was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury on 18 counts surrounding the misuse of his legislative expense account. He was suspended from his duties as Senator in November 2013 while awaiting trial. Balfour was acquitted of all charges in December 2013, and was reinstated to his position in the Georgia State Senate when the chamber convened for its 2014 session on January 13, 2014.[2][1][3][4]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[17]

2012

In 2012, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[18]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 upi.com, "Indicted Georgia state senator to be suspended," November 13, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 ajc.com, "State Sen. Don Balfour indicted on 18 counts," September 27, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 ajc.com, "Don Balfour is acquitted, but this story isn't over," December 19, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 politics.blog.ajc.com, "Don Balfour’s return to the state Senate," January 13, 2013
  5. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 10, 2014
  6. Georgia Secretary of State, "GA - Election Results," accessed May 28, 2014
  7. Georgia Secretary of State, "Unofficial runoff election results," accessed July 22, 2014
  8. Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, "Candidate List," accessed May 29, 2012
  9. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed February 11, 2014
  10. Georgia Elections Division, "2012 Election Results," accessed November 16, 2012
  11. Georgia Secretary of State, "2010 Election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  12. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 24, 2014
  13. Georgia Secretary of State, "2008 Election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  14. Follow The Money, "District 9 Georgia Senate candidate funds, 2008," accessed February 11, 2014
  15. Georgia Secretary of State, "November 7, 2006 General Election Results," accessed September 20, 2011
  16. followthemoney.org, "Balfour, Don," accessed August 22, 2013
  17. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 4, 2014
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 29, 2014
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Georgia State Senate - District 9
1993–present
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