A political newcomer who's been active in the local Republican Party for the last several years promises to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.
Heather Hulsebus is running for the District 4 seat on the commission.
The seat is currently held by longtime commissioner Julie Hughes Nix, who is seeking a fifth term.
"I bring dedication, commitment, fresh perspective and energy to this office, and I'm willing to listen to the cares, concerns and suggestions of the community as a whole," Hulsebus said.
She is heavily involved in the local community, a credit to her resume, she says.
"I've been involved in the community since I stepped foot here in high school. I have done different projects with different organizations, Lions Club, president of Foothills Republican women," she said. "I'm getting involved because I think it's time for a fresh perspective and we need a change. We're growing at such a rapid rate and we need to continue to watch our growth and make sure we have the proper growth.
"The only way to be a part of change is to be effective and in the middle of it."
Hulsebus bills herself as a concerned citizen who wants a chance to make a difference.
"I am not a politician. I am someone who has lived and volunteered here for many years, and I want to continue to serve and be involved in this community so that future generations will want to continue to call this home," she said.
A patient service specialist at an orthopedic office in Cumming, Hulsebus has extensive customer service experience.
She holds an associates degree in information systems and technology, as well as occupational health and safety.
She is also a graduate of the Dawson County Citizens Government Academy and Dawson County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Academy.
Hulsebus said she is ready to hit the ground running on Jan. 1 if she is elected.
"I guarantee to give 100 precent to Dawson County," she said. "Service to community is an important part of my life and I want to continue to work with the people of Dawson County to move forward while still holding onto our small town values and charm.
"It's time for the citizens of Dawson County to know they have a choice and to know there are other people qualified and available to lead them."