HD 54 candidate Bob Gibeling
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Robert W. Gibeling Jr. (D-Atlanta)
District 54 (Fulton County)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- $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
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.