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Puckett seeks re-election

Puckett seeks re-election
Ralph Puckett of South Fulton has announced his candidacy for re-election as Obion County commissioner for District 1.
Puckett is now in his 11th term of office serving the people of District 1, which is comprised of South Fulton and the Harris Station and McConnell communities.
“I want to thank the people of District 1 for allowing me to serve them as their county commissioner,” he said.
“If re-elected, I will use my experience on the county commission to continue to provide the best service for the people at the lowest tax dollar possible.”
Puckett, chairman of the Obion County Commission, is also a veteran of several years’ membership on the Obion County budget committee. He endorses keeping spending down and not raising taxes.
“I have supported that approach throughout my service as county commissioner,” he said. “I am particularly concerned with the way county funds are spent. The county is just like a business: It should be run like one with cuts made to hold down costs, in line with revenue.”
He said some things he’s very proud of in his tenure of service are the new South Fulton Elementary School and South Fulton Middle and High School, “and we did it without raising taxes.”
“I am very proud of our county school system and county roads,” he said. “Improvements have been made to the girls’ softball field and the high school football complex.
“We have new school facilities and 700 miles of paved roads. We have done that without raising property taxes. We have one of the best school systems in the State of Tennessee and some of the best roads in the state. We have never had to borrow any money to fix a road.”
Puckett is a graduate of Murray (Ky.) State University and a veteran of active duty service with the U.S. Navy. A graduate of the UT Knoxville Center for Government Training, he received a degree as certified public administrator.
He is also a former school teacher and business owner.
He is a member of South Fulton United Methodist Church, where he serves as chairman of the administrative board. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club and former president of Twin Cities Youth Inc. He has been a member of the South Fulton High School Boosters Club 36 years.
He is married to the former Shirley Sloan. They have two daughters, Deborah and Diana.
“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of District 1,” he said.
“I thank them for their confidence in me. To each I would say, ‘I ask you to allow me to continue serving you. I pledge to you that I will continue working to provide the best service at the lowest tax dollar for the people of Obion County.’”
Published in The Messenger 7.15.10

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