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November 7, 2012

Hester looks to tax collections

THOMASVILLE — Alicia Hester plans to live up to a campaign promise.

Hester, a Democrat who Tuesday won the two-way race for Thomas County tax commissioner, said the first order of business after taking office in January will be to address budget matters pertaining to collection of delinquent taxes.

Thomas County Sheriff’s Office personnel have collected delinquent taxes for several years — after Shirley Prevatt, incumbent tax commissioner who did not seek re-election, surrendered her ex-officio sheriff status.

Hester said county commissioners will be asked to amend the 2013 tax office budget to allow for the agency to collect the money.

With 10,200 votes, Hester defeated Republican Guy Winkelmann, who received 8,007 votes in a 74.02 percent Thomas County voter turnout.

The victor is a 24-year employee of the tax office.

Describing her win as “exciting,” Hester on Wednesday said, “I’m ready to help the citizens of this county.”

Of Thomas County’s 25,756 registered voters, 19,056 voted n the general election.

Darlene Taylor, R-Thomasville, will return to the District 173 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Taylor defeated Haley Shank, Democrat opponent, with 12,048 votes, to 8,324 for Shank.

“The election is over, but the work is just beginning,” Taylor said. “Our nation, as well as our state, continues to face many serious issues, with more to come.”

Taylor pledged to do her best to represent constituents wisely on all issues.

“I do not take this task lightly. As one of the 180 members in the Georgia House, I will tend to the business of our state in See more about Tuesday's election in Thursday's edition.


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