Sen. Dan Weber’s decision not to seek re-election attracted several candidates into the race for the District 40 Senate seat. Three Republicans, including a member of the state House of Representatives, will face off in the July 20 primary. The winner is scheduled to face Democrat Eric Christ in the fall.

Here is information the candidates seeking nomination to the Georgia Senate seat representing District 40 provided about themselves.


Jim Duffie

Jim Duffie

Age: 70

Occupation: Semi-retired Realtor and mortgage broker.

Neighborhood: Embry Hills area.

Political experience: First race.

Community involvement: Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, USO Council of Georgia, Buckhead Business Association, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

Education: Attended Georgia Tech.

Reason for running: I’m running for my children and grandchildren. I’m going to do what little I can to turn things back to the way they should be. Whatever I can do to put more sensible laws and regulations in place is what I am about. I favor property rights and I’m a fair-tax advocate. The state needs tax reform.


Fran Millar

Fran Millar

Age: 60

Occupation: Insurance broker.

Neighborhood: Dunwoody.

Political experience: Georgia House of Representatives 1998-2010. Served as Vice Chair of House Education Committee; member of Economic Development Committee; Health and Human Services Committee; Small Business Development Committee, Rules Committee, and special committee on small business.

Community involvement: Dunwoody Homeowners Board member for more than 20 years; active member at Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

Education: West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Reason for running: To continue serving my community. Areas of achievement in 12-year legislative experience include tax reform, educational accountability, job creation. 2010 accomplishments include author of DeKalb property tax freeze (5 percent tax savings for homeowners), obtaining $27 million for DeKalb school construction – only $1.2 million was authorized; author of BRIDGE bill to reduce dropout rate and provide career readiness options.


James Sibold

James Scott Sibold

Age: 54

Occupation: Attorney.

Neighborhood: Brooke Farm in Dunwoody.

Political Experience: Immediate past Chairman of the DeKalb Republican Party 2007-2009, 1998 candidate for State House District 59.

Community Involvement: Authored first school charter under Georgia’s new charter school law at Kingsley Elementary School in Dunwoody; hosted “Friday Night Forum” for Dunwoody tornado victims in need of help with legal issues; lead plaintiff versus DeKalb Board of Education in suit to end M-to-M busing program; DeKalb County Chairman, McCain for President; YMCA youth league soccer coach; St. Jude girls basketball coach; advisory board to Rep. Tom Price; Executive Committee Board member of DeKalb Republican Party; member Executive Committee of the DeKalb Republican Party.

Education: B.A. University of California, Berkeley; law degree University of Georgia School of Law.

Reason for running: I believe that I possess a unique set of skills and experiences which will enable me to listen to the constituents and then craft the legislation necessary to confront the challenges that we face today.



Eric Christ

Eric Christ

Age: 43

Occupation: Technology business executive.

Neighborhood: Neely Farm subdivision, Peachtree Corners.

Political experience: Have not held elected office.

Community involvement: Active in my homeowners association. Active member of the Fowler YMCA in Peachtree Corners. Family is member of All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody.

Education: MBA and Woodruff Fellow, Emory University Business School. BS in Business Administration, Georgetown University.

Reason for running: I’m running to bring a new perspective to the Legislature – a vision of government as a business whose purpose is to serve the interests of its customers: Georgia’s residents and Georgia’s businesses. I’m running to bring a moderate voice to the Legislature – as someone who will set aside the demagoguery that has passed as political discourse for too long and seek practical, common sense solutions that meet the needs of our citizens. I’m running because public service is a way for me to give back to a community that has given me and my wife a wonderful environment in which to work and raise a family.