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Alpharetta mayor announces candidacy for Georgia Secretary of State

One more person has entered Georgia’s 2018 race for Secretary of State.

David Belle Isle, who was elected Mayor of Alpharetta in 2012, has announced that he will run for the office to succeed Brian Kemp, who has said he will run for governor. Belle Isle, a Republican, joins a race that includes two other GOP candidates, two Democrats and several others looking to get in.

“I want to engage the office of Secretary of State to create an irresistible home state with unmatched opportunity,” Belle Isle said in a statement. “Beyond the direct tasks of the Secretary of State stands the role of Keeper of the Seal; a role ideally suited to a mayor’s heart.”

READ MORE: About Belle Isle and Georgia politics on the Political Insider blog

Belle Isle, 42, holds a law degree and MBA from Georgia State University. He has a wife, Candice, and two children. Before being elected mayor, Belle Isle served on Alpharetta’s City Council for two years.

A fifth-generation Atlantan, Belle Isle works as a real estate attorney with Hipes & Belle Isle, LLC. He has told other news outlets that voter security would be his priority if elected and that he would use Alpharetta’s growth as a template for his candidacy.

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Other Republicans currently in the race include state Reps. Buzz Brockway of Lawrenceville and Brad Raffensperger of Johns Creek. For the Democrats, state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler and activist R.J. Hadley have thrown their hats into the ring.

Belle Isle has launched Facebook and Twitter pages for his campaign, as well as a website at davidbelleisle.com.

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