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Democrats pick Alana Watkins to face Emory Dunahoo for state House seat
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Alana Watkins talks during a Democratic primary debate in Flowery Branch in April. - photo by Nick Bowman

An educator and avid gun rights supporter, Alana Watkins defeated Patrick Anderson Tuesday, May 22, in the Democratic primary for the Georgia House District 30 seat.

Who is she: Alana Watkins is a graduate of Brenau University with a background working with Gannett Publishing. She now works as a teacher at Athens Technical College.

How she reacted: “I’m excited. I want to thank all the voters who voted for me. … I really want to do a lot for the working Georgian. I think it’s important they have a voice.”

On the issues: Her top priority is creating legislation to abolish all sales taxes on groceries. She also would like to see a ballot question on raising the minimum wage. And she believes that every Georgian “who is not a criminal and legally sane should be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

What’s next: Watkins faces incumbent Republican Rep. Emory Dunahoo on Nov. 6.

Georgia House, District 30

Patrick Anderson: 35 percent

Alana Watkins: 65 percent

Note: 14 of 15 precincts reporting as of 11:15 p.m.