A Patrick native who aims to change things for the better is seeking the Peters Creek District seat on the Patrick County Board of Supervisors.
Keith A. Puckett, who was born and raised in the Five Forks area of the county, said he decided to run “because I think we need some new and fresh ideas to maybe re-invent who we are. The times and technology are changing, and we need to start changing with them if we are going to survive.”
Puckett said he knows positive change “is not going to happen overnight. It will take time. But with some support and the right leadership, we can do this.
“It’s going to take teamwork from both boards to make it happen. I want to be a part of that team that makes this transition. I know it’s going to be a challenge but I am definitely up for it,” Puckett said.
He attended Stuart Elementary and graduated Patrick County High School in 1989, “with largest student body class” he said.
After high school, Puckett got a job at United Elastic Corp., a local factory at the time. He later got a job at Floyd S. Pike in Mount Airy, N.C., working on commercial and industrial buildings as well as substations, and learning all aspects of the electrical trade.
In 1995, a position with the Patrick County School system was available and Puckett was hired in the maintenance department as a technician.
“The first 10 years, I worked strictly as a technician, but then was promoted to Assistant Maintenance Supervisor where I began to juggle both the technician and supervisory roles,” he said.
Fourteen years later, Puckett continues to hold that position, he said, adding that “between school and work, I have been in or around these buildings for roughly 37 years. I have seen a lot of changes for sure.”
Incumbent Ricky Fulcher has said he will not seek reelection.
Eric O’Connell also is seeking the post.
Again, noting that he is up for a challenge, “I am asking for your support this fall. Let’s all make a positive change happen,” Puckett said.