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Lifelong resident announces bid for tax commissioner
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A lifelong Dawson County resident has thrown his hat into the race to be Dawson County's next tax commissioner.

Johnny Glass, 47, said he hopes that voters will put their faith in him and elect him to the post.

"I just have the desire to serve the people of this great county, of which, I've spent my entire life," he said.

Glass said his primary focus if elected will be to improve customer service in the office.

"So far, in talking to people, I've had a huge demand to improve customer service [in the office] and I will work diligently to do so," he said.

Glass has 15 years of experience building new homes and doing renovations and managing his construction company.

He has also worked more than 18 years as a contractor, consistently taking on projects with Etowah Water and Sewer Authority.

He said he still does contract work in construction, as well as currently owns and operates his own repossession and towing service.

"I've worked with the public in some form since my first job in 1985 and my first business in 1993," Glass said. "I am good with people and will be willing to help them in any way possible."

He said that with the office, there is not a big platform to run under, as the state mandates many aspects of how the office operates.

Glass said that he knows that he "can adapt well and can do anything he desires."

A Dawson County High School graduate, Glass ran for sheriff in 2012 against Billy Carlisle and Kevin Ellison. Carlisle was reelected in that race.

Linda Townley, the county's tax commissioner for the past 12 years, announced earlier this month that she will not seek reelection.

No other candidates have come forward and announced intentions to run for the office.

Qualifying for the May 24 primary election will be March 7-11.