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Dunahoo retains state House seat
Emory Dunahoo
Dunahoo

State Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gainesville, has been elected to a third full term to the Georgia General Assembly, besting his opponent, Democrat Michelle Jones, 74.01 percent to 25.86 percent on Election Day.

Voter turnout in the district was 74 percent.

Who is he?: The 59-year-old Republican is a retired small businessman and former owner of logistics and storage company. He has served in the Georgia General Assembly since 2011.

How he reacted: “Thank you to the voters for the opportunity to serve them again for two more years,” Dunahoo said.

Dunahoo said he was not surprised by the margin of victory but was impressed with Jones’ campaign. 

“I commend her for running,” he said of Jones. “It takes sacrifice and I know she has sacrificed.”

On the issues: Dunahoo said he would continue to work to lower state income taxes and offset lost revenue with increases in sales taxes, promoting a version of the “FairTax.”

“I’m not looking to provide anything better for me down the road,” he said, adding that he hopes to “help bridge the partisan divide to pass legislation that’s the right for both of us.”

What’s next: Dunahoo will be sworn into office Jan. 9.

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