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2-16-04 Harriette Browning (Oconee County) Is Efficient & Dedicated Tax Commissioner

When I ran for Commissioner the first time in 1972, the only election in Oconee County and most of Georgia was the Democratic Primary.  In recent years, the only real election is the Republican Primary.   Persons who do not understand or accept that will be left out of the selection process for local officials.

AVOC Article

 

February 14, 2004

 

Harriette Browning to Run As Republican

 

By Wendell Dawson, AVOC Editor   Another Voice Oconee County

 

Harriette Browning recently announced that she would seek reelection as Oconee County Tax Commissioner.  She will run as a Republican after 24 years as a Democratic office-holder.

 

In a recent conversation, I commented to Ms. Browning that some long-time Democratic friends will be disappointed.  Some strong-willed Democrats, who had been my friends for a long time, expressed dissatisfaction with my Party Change in 2000.

 

When I ran for Commissioner the first time in 1972, the only election in Oconee County and most of Georgia was the Democratic Primary.  In recent years, the only real election is the Republican Primary.   Persons who do not understand or accept that will be left out of the selection process for local officials.

 

Parties do not make much difference in local governments.   Officials should all be elected in non-partisan elections.

 

Our county needs dedicated officials who put Public Interest ahead of Party and Special Interests.   Harriette Browning meets that criteria.

 


 

Biographical Information on Harriette Moon Browning:

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GRADUATE:  Oconee County High School 1969

 

EXPERIENCE: 

 

·        Began working in Tax Commissioner's office in November, 1970 with Tax Commissioner Jimmy L. Christopher through December, 1976. 

 

·        Worked with Tax Commissioner Gaynelle Fielding from1977 until running for office in 1980.

 

·        Elected Tax Commissioner in Democratic Run-off in 1980

 

ELECTIONS:

 

·        Elected in 1980;

 

·        Re-elected unopposed 1984 as Democrat;

 

·        Re-elected in1988 as Democrat with Primary opposition;

 

·        Re-elected in1992 as Democrat with Primary and General Election opposition;

 

·        Re-elected Unopposed in 1996 as Democrat;

 

·        Re-elected Unopposed 2000 as Democrat;

 

·        Seeking re-election as Republican in 2004;

 

HOBBIES:  Reading, Scrap-booking, Enjoying Grandchildren;

 

RECORD:  Ms. Browning has maintained a consistent collection rate of 99% for property taxes- an excellent rate in State.

 

 

AVOC COMMENT:  I have known Harriette Browning since she was a youngster growing up on Hog Mountain Road, near Butler’s Crossing, in the same community where I grew up.  Our families were friends and neighbors.

 

She is an honest, dedicated and efficient tax Commissioner who should be re-elected.

 

 

 


Press Release--Oconee County Republican Party

 

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mark Duclos, (706) 769-9706

Oconee County Tax Commissioner to switch to the Republican Party

    The Oconee County Republican Party announced today that the last Democrat elected official in Oconee County will run for re-election as a Republican. Tax Commissioner Harriette Browning announced that she intends to switch parties and run as a Republican in her bid for re-election this year.
    “I welcome Tax Commissioner Harriette Browning to the Republican Party,” Oconee County GOP Chairman, Mark Duclos said. “Harriette loves her job and loves serving the people of Oconee County. She is a valuable asset to Oconee County and I am proud to add her name to the long list of Republican leaders in the county.”
    Browning has worked in the tax commissioner’s office for over 30 years and was elected tax commissioner in 1980.
    With the decision of Mrs. Browning, a Republican now holds all partisan elected offices in Oconee County.

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