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Local banker announces bid for tax commissioner
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A local banker and community volunteer on Monday announced her intention to run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

With more than a decade of banking experience, Nicole Stewart, 32, is prolific in customer service and is excited to use her skills as tax commissioner.

"I felt led to pursue running for tax commissioner, and I have prayed about it for the last four or five months and it is something that I feel confident I should do," she said.

Longtime tax commissioner Linda Townley has said she would not seek a fourth term.

A graduate of Dawson County High School, Stewart holds a bachelor's degree from North Georgia College & State University.

She is currently working to obtain her MBA from Brenau University.

"I always strive to go above and beyond to help those in need, not just in Dawson County but North Georgia as well," she said.

Stewart is also extremely active in the local community and currently serves as chair of the Dawson County Relay for Life committee.

Additionally, she serves as secretary of the Rotary Club of Dawson County and the Bowen Center for the Arts.

A Leadership Dawson graduate, Stewart was named among Dawson County's Outstanding Citizens in 2015 and Ambassador of the Year by the local chamber of commerce.

"People within the community know that I am a hard worker and I'm very driven," she said. "Being active in the community with several different civic organizations, in addition to being raised here, gives me great perspective as to what the citizens of Dawson County want, need and expect from the next tax commissioner. And I feel I'm up to the task."

Local businessman Johnny Glass has also announced his intention to run for the office.

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