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HD 54 candidate Bob Gibeling


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Robert W. Gibeling Jr. (D-Atlanta)

District 54 (Fulton County)



Bob Gibeling

Bob Gibeling has politics in his blood. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather served on the Waycross City Council, and his great-grandfather served in the Georgia House from 1927 to 1930. This is Gibeling’s second race against Rep. Beth Beskin, who won in 2014.

Campaign website

Political career

  • Ran to represent House District 54 in 2014, finishing second with 30%.
  • Faces Rep. Beth Beskin in the 2016 general election in a rematch of their 2014 race.


  • Retired marketing consultant.

Business ownership interests

  • None disclosed.

Other fiduciary positions

  • Trustee, Naomi Beaton Gibeling Trust.
  • Trustee, Robert Walter Gibeling Trust.

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence in Atlanta valued at $425,000.

Other investments

  • Richmond County Hospital Authority bond.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed.

Friends and Family

  • Gibeling’s great-grandfather, Scott Beaton, served as mayor of Waycross 1914-17. He also served in the Georgia House 1927-30.
  • Gibeling’s grandfather, Everett Beaton, also served on the Waycross City Council.

Campaign contributions

Gibeling has raised more than $44,000 in political donations and put more than $59,000 of personal funds into his campaign. The breakdown by election cycle:

  • 2013-14: $38,918
  • 2016: $5,980
  • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $26,274

Top donors

  • $5,000 Naomi Gibeling, Atlanta, Ga., homemaker
  • $1,450 Colin Wright, Atlanta, Ga., technology director McKesson
  • $1,000 Paul & Christina Blackney, Atlanta, Ga., retired
  • $1,000 Mark Engel, Atlanta, Ga., florist Vann Jernigan Florist
  • $1,000 George Johnson, Newnan, Ga., attorney, Melville Johnson P.C.
  • $1,000 Jesse Peel, Atlanta, Ga., retired physician
  • $1,000 Bruce Ramsdell, Atlanta, Ga., physician Ageless Men’s Health

Campaign-to-campaign donations

Candidates may give campaign funds to other candidates, a practice that some say provides a legal means to circumvent contribution limits. A 2003 bill to ban such transfers altogether passed in the Senate but died in the House. Gibeling has made no such donations.

 Posted Oct. 22, 2016





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