Army veteran and political newcomer Devin Pandy has won the Democratic nomination in Northeast Georgia’s 9th Congressional District.
He defeated Brooke Siskin in Tuesday’s runoff after trailing her in a three-way June primary. Pandy says his military career has prepared him for Congress, and he will work with other Democrats to help the party in the region.
Pandy will be the heavy underdog in November’s general election against the winner of Tuesday’s Republican runoff, Andrew Clyde.
The 9th covers all or part of 20 northeast Georgia counties, including Hall. The seat is open because U.S. Rep. Doug Collins is running for U.S. Senate.
Who is he: Pandy is a U.S. Army veteran and Commerce resident.
How he reacted: “I am glad we have reached this point and were successful in our endeavor. We worked very hard – my team and me. I am ready to move on … and let people know that they don’t have to be afraid of Devin Pandy, the Democrat. This is Devin Pandy, the person, the soldier who fought for his country and now the candidate who is fighting for his district.”
On the issues: He has pledged to help farmers and veterans, protect the environment and improve access to health care. He is concerned about the government’s COVID-19 response and moving forward, “having an early warning system to catch whatever is coming into this country.” He said he is also concerned about jobs and equal pay for all. “Everybody should be treated fairly.”
What’s next: He faces Republican Andrew Clyde in the Nov. 3 general election.
See the original Gainesville Times story here. The Associated Press contributed to this report.