Georgia Insurance Commissioner Elections 2018: Meet Jim Beck

2018 is a big election year for the state of Georgia. But if you are anything like me, you are usually too busy to pay as much attention to local politics as you should. So, to make things easier, I have started a series to pick apart each candidate’s pros and cons.

With introductions out of the way, meet Republican Jim Beck.

On his website, it says very little about his personal history that Beck graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing, and he and his family currently live in Carrolton, Georgia.

Professionally, Beck is a former deputy insurance commissioner and Chief of Staff for Insurance Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens. He has been in the insurance business for 30 years, and “he knows where fraud occurs and how to stop it in its tracks.” Recently, Beck led an operation that provides property insurance to those who are locked out of the open market.

In addition, Beck has been an advocate for conservative values and a grassroots leader for years. He is a guest editor for Stand Up Georgia, one of the top political news aggregates in the state, which “shares information to help empower and embolden grassroots conservatism in the Peach State.”

Furthermore, Beck has been active in his community when he was not at his speaking engagements. He served the Haralson County Sheriff’s Department by creating the agency’s first Crime Prevention Unit. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners appointed Beck to serve on the board of Carroll County Department of Family and Children’s Services. He is also a former Vice President of the Carrollton Jaycees and a deacon at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton.

If elected, Beck promises to:
• Deploy four rolling regional offices where taxpayers can go to talk to investigators without having to go to Atlanta.
• Double penalties on insurance companies guilty of victimizing seniors and honorably discharged veterans.
• Make policyholder complaint statistics available for all insurance companies doing business in Georgia.
• Hold telephone town hall hearings on proposed excessive rate increases to update constituents and be transparent.

If you would like to vote for Beck, the election will be on November 6.

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