Following the announcement on Thursday night that longtime Dawson County commissioner Julie Hughes-Nix will not be seeking reelection, local resident Emory Dooley announced his intentions to run for the District 4 seat.
Dooley, In a statement to the Dawson County News, said that he wants to bring a fresh perspective to the board, using his conservative values and experience with local organizations to inform decisions on local issues.
"I probably have some new ideas about stuff," he said. "I just think I can maybe bring a little bit of a different voice to the board."
Though a native of the Coal Mountain and Silver City area of north Forsyth County, Dooley has spent the last decade living in Dawson County and has served several local organizations including the United Way of Dawson County, where he serves as board chair, and the Dawson County Planning Commission.
Dooley is a graduate of the University of North Georgia, where he studied political science, and currently he is the general manager of 400 Waste & Scrap LLC.
“In my professional career and civic involvement, I have been blessed to work with and develop friendships with many of the citizens of our county, and I would like to help ensure that this community continues to be vibrant, successful and one that our residents are proud to call home," Dooley said in a release on his announcement.
He and his wife Mary Claire, an elementary school teacher, live in Dawson County and attend Concord Baptist Church.
Later this year, Dooley will run for the District 4 seat in the 2020 Republican Primary.