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Local woman declares bid for tax commissioner
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Karin McKee hopes the second time is the charm in her run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

"My extensive background in business operations and financial record-keeping, my years of experience in providing quality service to those who are not able to care for themselves, my compassion for the less fortunate and my strong desire to give something back to our community and serve the public convinced me to make another run at becoming Dawson County's Tax Commissioner," she said.

McKee, 61, previously ran for the office in 2012, taking on the sitting Tax Commissioner Linda Townley, who has announced she will be stepping down at the end of her current term.

If elected, McKee will focus on improving customer service and bringing transparency to the office.

"We need to ensure that the good ideas coming out of other counties in Georgia are being heard and considered by our office," she said. "We also need to make sure that taxpayers are not treated differently because of who their sister married or how valuable their property is."

McKee left the health care and nursing home industries in 1998 after nearly three decades of service and has spent the past 18 years managing all aspects of an elderly subsidized housing business, including its day-to-day operations.

As a political newcomer the last time she ran for tax commissioner, McKee said she has a much better appreciation for what is involved in seeking public office.

"After the last election, I just knew I had to run again. I met some of the most genuine and good hearted people when I went door to door," McKee said. "Talking with them about family, faith, and good government made me realize how important it is for elected officials to know the people they serve."

She and husband John have been married for 44 years. They have two sons, Brent and David, and three grandchildren.

Local banker Nicole Stewart and businessman Johnny Glass have also announced their intentions to run for the office.

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