Gainesville resident and Republican Derrick McCollum announced this afternoon that he will run for State House, District 103.
A Marine Veteran, McCollum pledged in a press release to be a voice for conservative values.
"Service has been the calling of my life. I enlisted in the Marines to fight for my country. I served as a fire fighter to protect our families," said McCollum. "Today, as a small business owner, I remain called to serve – as your voice at the State Capitol, where you have my word that I will be unwavering in the fight to preserve our conservative values, our way of life, and the American Dream."
McCollum is running for the seat currently held by Timothy Barr. Barr announced his intention to run for Congress last month. McCollum and Barr ran against one another for Barr's seat in the previous election.
“I’m ready to serve, and over the next year, I will be working hard to earn the trust and support of the people of this district...together, we can take on the radical left and the woke mob – and protect life, preserve our gun rights, stand with law enforcement, use my common-sense business experience to keep our economy rolling, defeat the cancel culture and preserve the American Dream for future generations,” said McCollum in his statement.
According to his statement, McCollum runs two businesses. He enlisted in the Marines out of high school and is a Desert Storm veteran. Following the terroist attacks on 9/11, he worked as a firefigher and EMT until his retirement earlier this year.