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Political newcomer announces bid for county tax commissioner seat
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A Dawson County resident with deep roots in the community recently announced her intention to be the county's next tax commissioner.

"I am excited today to announce my run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner," said Andi Henson Juliette last week. "My family has been in Dawson County for six generations, and I look forward to bringing conservative leadership and values to Dawson County by serving the community that has meant so much to me and my family."

A graduate of Dawson County High School and North Georgia College & State University, Juliette, 40, believes experience she gained working in Washington will be a great asset to the Dawson County Tax Commissioner's office.

"Having worked at FBI headquarters and DARPA as a government contractor, I understand how to cut government waste and remove the red-tape that comes in every bureaucracy. At DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, I managed budgets totaling $50 million," she said.

Her experience as a retail manager where customer service is key to a successful business would also be of benefit to the office, according to Juliette.

"For the last five years, I have been in the leadership role at a high-end retail business, managing over 35 employees, where I have demonstrated my ability to direct a team to meet goals, provide excellent service and meet customer expectations, all while being an involved mother of three girls and managing the financial aspects of my husband's business," she said.

"I want to bring these same skills to the tax commissioner's office to ensure the needs of Dawson County residents are met with the same level of respect, attention to detail and cost-effectiveness."

Juliette said, once elected, she is ready to hit the ground running to serve her community.

"My husband Tony and I, along with our three daughters, Mackenzie, age 11 and twins Courtney and Carson, age 4, are excited about the opportunity for me to serve the residents of Dawson County as tax commissioner," she said.

"I am excited to be given the opportunity to provide real conservative leadership to our family, friends, and all the residents of Dawson County."

The Juliettes are members of Harmony Baptist Church, and their children attend Kilough Elementary and Dawson County Middle schools.

The office of tax commissioner has drawn three other candidates to the race: Johnny Glass, local businessman; Karin McKee, who ran a campaign for tax commissioner four years ago; and Nicole Stewart, licensed banking specialist.

Longtime Tax Commissioner Linda Townley has announced she will be stepping down at the end of her current term.