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Tight race for state House District 30 seat comes down to June 21 runoff
HOUSE30 runoff 2022
Whitney Pimentel, left, and Derrick McCollum seek the Republican nomination for state House 30.

Update: A June 21 runoff is set between Derrick McCollum and Whitney Pimentel for the Georgia House District 30 seat.

McCollum was the lead vote-getter with 49.8% of the vote, followed by Pimentel with 32% and Barry Sanders with 18.1%, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

To win outright, one of the candidates had to draw 50% plus one vote.

The seat was left open as incumbent Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gillsville, was drawn into District 31.

Who are they: McCollum is a Chestnut Mountain resident who is a business owner who also buys and leases rental properties. Pimentel is a Flowery Branch resident who is a speech pathologist.

What they said: Reacting to the vote, McCollum said,  “I want to thank all the constituents. I got out and worked hard, but it’s not me. I’ve been interviewing for this job for a long time, and the constituents have spoken.”

And Pimentel said, “I feel truly honored that I was able to reach as many voters as I did. I’ve worked really hard and ’m very proud of the race we ran.”

On the issues: McCollum has said he opposes Medicaid expansion but would like to see more health care providers in Georgia. And Pimentel has said she wants to ensure that children with disabilities have access to therapies they need.

What's next: The two will face each other in the June 21 runoff. The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Kim Floria in the Nov. 8 election.

House District 30

Derrick McCollum: 49.8%

Whitney Pimentel: 32%

Barry Sanders: 18.1%