Collins Speaks on Victory

9th District Congressman-Elect Doug Collins speaks on his victory Tuesday.

The Republican defeated Democrat Jody Cooley in Tuesday’s election for the new Congressional seat representing northeast Georgia with 76 percent of nearly a quarter million votes cast to Cooley’s 24 percent of the vote.

Collins said he thanks the district for its support and is humbled by the results.

He went on to say that he is ready to go to Washington and deal with the country’s fiscal situation.

“We have to get a budget that is not just balanced but paying down the debt,” said Collins. “We have got to look at our tax code and how it affects our families and our businesses and the hardworking taxpayers of north Georgia. Then, also look at regulations, enforce what is already on the books but not overburdening our businesses with unnecessary rules and regulations.”

Collins also said that the campaign was a good demonstration of ideas between he and Cooley, adding that while they disagree on almost every issue, they have been and remain good friends.

The new 9th Congressional District includes all or part of 20 counties in northeast Georgia, including Stephens County. The district stretches from northern Clarke, Hall and Forsyth counties north to the state line and west to Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens counties.