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Dunn re-elected to transportation board

POSTED: February 13, 2013 12:30 a.m.

Fannin County businesswoman Emily Dunn will continue to serve as the State Transportation Board’s 9th District member.

She was unanimously re-elected Tuesday afternoon to a five-year term at the State Capitol by state senators and representatives from the 9th Congressional District, which covers Northeast Georgia, including Hall.

Dunn, 51, has held the seat since her unopposed election in February 2011.

“I am honored and gratified by the faith the members of the General Assembly have shown in me,” said Dunn, who leads the DOT board’s Property Utilization Committee.

“All of Georgia has tremendous transportation needs. Those in North and Northeast Georgia are especially pressing given the natural beauty of our area, its transportation network challenges and its excellent potential for growth and thoughtful economic development.

“I look forward to working for solutions in the coming years.”

The 9th District seat has seen much turnover since her predecessor, Mike Evans, was re-elected in February 2008.

He resigned a few months later, citing his desire to pursue a personal relationship with then-DOT Commissioner Gena Abraham. Dalton lawyer Steve Farrow held the seat from June 2008 to August 2009, then was succeeded by Steve Gooch.

Gooch officially left the board Jan. 10, 2011, when he was sworn in to his new state Senate seat representing District 51.

Dunn, who lives in Blue Ridge, is president of Tom’s Amusement Co. Inc. and is a member of the board of directors for the Amusement and Music Operators Association.

She served on the Fannin County Board of Education from 2000 through 2010, including five years as its chairwoman.

Dunn also serves as chairwoman of the Fannin Literacy Action Group and as a member of the Fannin Regional Hospital’s board of trustees.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from North Georgia College — now University of North Georgia — in Dahlonega.

The DOT board is in big transition this year, with a batch of open seats, movement due to redistricting and addition of the 14th District seat as a result of the 2010 census.

Also elected Tuesday were Roger Williams to the 14th District and James Boswell to the 10th District.


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