Republican Derrick McCollum defeated Democrat Kim Floria by a huge margin in a race between two political newcomers for the newly redrawn House 30 seat, which is mostly in Hall but spills into Gwinnett. The seat was left open as incumbent Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gillsville, was drawn into District 31.
Who is he: McCollum is a Chestnut Mountain resident and Marine veteran who is a business owner who also buys and leases rental properties.
House District 30, with all precincts reporting in Hall as of 9:45 p.m.
- Derrick McCollum 76%
- Kim Floria 24%
How he reacted: He said he’s “super happy” about being able to represent the district he’s “called home all my life and love.” He said he’s ready to tackle such issues as inflation and “protecting life.” Plus, “we have some infrastructure stuff in our district we really need to work on, such as I-985.”
On the issues: McCollum has said he opposes Medicaid expansion but would like to see more health care providers in Georgia. On the state’s budget, he has said he would work to ensure Georgia is “not spending more taxpayer dollars than we have to.”
What’s next: McCollum will take office Jan. 1.