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Former Falcon to run for state House seat

NORCROSS — A former Atlanta Falcon is hoping to rise up — into a state House seat.

Dewey McClain, a linebacker with the Falcons from 1976 to 1980, announced over the weekend his candidacy for Georgia State House District 100. Currently president of the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council, McClain retired after spending 22 years working for the city of Atlanta. He and his family have lived in Gwinnett for 35 years.

He will run as a Democrat for the spot vacated by Rep. Brian Thomas.

“As with many other sports professionals, Mr. McClain could have chosen a different path, but instead he felt compelled to devote his skills and talents to the people of Georgia and Gwinnett County,” Gwinnett Democratic Party Chairman Steve Deak said in a statement. “We are excited and fortunate that he has chosen to continue serving the citizens of our great county.”

McClain is reportedly an active volunteer with the Special Olympics and the United Way, and was given the Gwinnett County Rape Crisis Center’s “crystal angel award” in 1996.

District 100 covers parts of Lilburn and Lawrenceville, primarily between Interstate 85 and Lawrenceville Highway.

McClain said he views himself as a working man, and that “everybody is interested in working for a decent wage, having access to health care, and even having a chance for vacation.”

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