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Dawson County commissioners-elect Stowers, Bruce swear to faithfully serve before taking office
Stowers and Bruce swearing in 2022
Commissioners-elect Seth Stowers, left, and Alexa Bruce, center, both affirm their oaths of office to probate judge Jennifer Burt in the Dawson County Government Center’s Courtroom D on Dec. 15. - photo by Julia Hansen

During a Dec. 15 ceremony, two newly-elected public officials pledged to serve local citizens for the next four years on Dawson County’s Board of Commissioners. 

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County commissioners-elect Seth Stowers and Alexa Bruce were sworn in to office at the Dawson County Government Center Thursday afternoon. Both Stowers and Bruce will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2023. 

Probate Judge Jennifer Burt presided over the swearing-in ceremony. 

Dawson native Seth Stowers will serve his first term in the District 1 seat after running unopposed, replacing two-term commissioner and community stalwart Sharon Fausett on the board. 

Longtime resident Alexa Bruce was also elected for her first term to the District 3 seat, replacing one-term commissioner and longtime public servant Tim Satterfield. 

Bruce defeated opponent Deanna Dickinson for the position during the May primary election. 

“I’m excited about the new people going to come on board,” Fausett said. 

Stowers voiced his love for the community where he grew up and appreciated “the fact that we still have a lot of agriculture in the north end of the county.”

“I love nature and the environment. We have to be mindful as we move forward [so] that we take care of the resources we’re given,” Stowers said of future land use. 

Bruce shared that she was “super excited” to serve since the election in May. 

“I’m kind of ready to hit the ground running,” she said, “and work with county employees to serve the citizens.”