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Colton Moore | Candidate For Georgia State House - District 1

What we did on May 22nd will go down in history. Our grassroots effort and your gracious vote allowed us to win this election and for that I am forever grateful. There has been an outpouring of excitement and congratulations like I have never seen before in my life.
Thousands of Dade and Walker County citizens are fired up about what we are working on and the progress we will make. And at $1.60 per vote, we ran one of the most cost-effective campaigns not just in the State of Georgia, but across the entire country. You can expect similar results in our future.

God is doing some amazing things for our people. His Grace has spoken and it is time to usher in a new voice and pace for our community.

Thank you to my family and friends who helped get us to this point. Thank you to all our teachers, business leaders, and citizens who put their trust in me to represent our livelihoods.

And thank you to John Deffenbaugh and all of those who voted for him. We ran a clean and energetic campaign that truly brought out the best in both of us. I hope over the next two years I can earn the respect and trust of you and your supporters.

Moving forward, I will use the next six months to address many issues in our district that do not require a visit to the Capitol. My administration will work directly inside our local economy to help our businesses, schools, and county commissioners maximize the opportunties in front of us. 

Thank you again for a wonderful campaign and stay tuned, Moore progress is on the way.

Looking forward,

Colton Moore


Sunday, September 23, 2018 5:30 PM

3% Unemployment: Rep-Elect Colton Moore Floats First Chick-fil-A in Dade County

Colton Moore Chick-fil-A"Representative-Elect Colton Moore will be sworn in on January 19th, 2019 but that is not stopping him from moving District 1 forward as other candidates are still focused on winning their elections. One critical metric Moore is focused on is the unemployment rate throughout the District.

“Both Dade and Walker Counties have roughly a 4% unemployment rate. Over the next two years, we will have the opportunity to decrease this by over 25%. This would make for our lowest unemployment rate in the last three decades and the lowest of nearly all districts throughout Georgia. By working with our District’s largest employers and paving a way for new ones, we can continue moving our business and family bank accounts in a very positive direction,” Moore commented.

One Georgia business Moore wants to pave a road for is Chick-fil-A. Georgia produces more broiler chicken, for restaurants like Chick-fil-A, than any other state in the country, according to the University of Georgia. To sustain these operations, the poultry industry employs thousands of locals throughout the tri-state area. Moore believes new businesses that grow our existing businesses can help add the 450 new jobs needed before 2020 to achieve a 3% unemployment rate.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 12:00 AM


“Oh, Colton. You know, there’s not enough words really to describe Colton,” Moore’s Future Business Leaders of America adviser Tonya Gatlin said.

And now there are two more. “State representative.”

“We were neck-and-neck, 50 percent, for quite a while. And then when those final votes came in, that’s when things got exciting,” Moore remembered. Read Moore.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 5:10 AM

Moore gets quick crash course in Georgia politics

Colton Moore's political career started 10 minutes after his upset win Tuesday night.

He stood in the Dade County administrative building, having just knocked off Georgia state Rep. John Deffenbaugh by 325 votes in the Republican primary, when local radio station owner Evan Stone handed him the phone. "I think you need to talk to this guy," Stone said.

State Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, was on the other end. He congratulated Moore, told him he looked forward to working with him.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:30 PM


In Tuesday’s primary, 24-year-old Colton Moore unseated incumbent John Deffenbaugh who has held the position for the last five years. Watch more.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:15 PM

Georgia Election 2018: Voters kick out 8 incumbents from Legislature

Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, was defeated by Colton Moore, a 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate. There’s no Democratic Party candidate in the race. Read more.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:00 AM

Colton Moore unseats state Rep. John Deffenbaugh in Georgia House race

Carried by his hometown, 24-year-old Colton Moore will join the Georgia Legislature, according to unofficial election results.

With all precincts reporting, Moore edged incumbent state Rep. John Deffenbaugh, R-Lookout Mountain, 2,184 votes to 1,858 in the state House District 1 Republican Primary on Tuesday. No Democrats are running in the race.

"I don't think it's really sunk in yet," Moore said after seeing the results pour in around 10 p.m. "I still feel like I'm in campaign mode. I feel quite honored. It was essentially Dade County that carried me." Read More.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:30 PM

UPDATE: 24-year-old challenger defeats incumbent for house district 1 in Dade Co.

UPDATE: Colton Moore has won the GOP nomination in District 1 for the Georgia's House of Representatives Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old defeated incumbent John Deffenbaugh, receiving 67% of the vote to Deffenbaugh's 33% in Dade County. Read More.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:15 PM

24-Year-Old Moore Defeats Veteran Deffenbaugh In Georgia House District 1

Twenty-four-year-old Colton Moore defeated veteran House District 1 Rep. John Deffenbaugh in voting on Tuesday.
The University of Georgia graduate won with 54 percent of the vote. Read more.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:00 PM

Moore defeats Deffenbaugh

The final tally was 2,184 to 1,858. By a margin of 326 votes, Colton Moore upset incumbent state Rep. John Deffenbaugh (R-Lookout Mountain) to become the newest ¬– and possibly youngest – member of the Georgia Legislature.

The 24-year-old Republican has no challenger in the November general election, so he effectively was elected as District 1 representative to the Gold Dome.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:00 AM

Dozens of seats in Georgia General Assembly challenged in primaries

Deffenbaugh was defeated by Colton Moore, a 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate. There’s no Democratic Party candidate in the race.