By MIKE WILLIAMS
Andy McCready will return to the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to represent the Massie District following action taken by the board Thursday afternoon.
McCready, a former Massie representative and chairman on the board, was selected by the supervisors over three other applicants to fill the vacancy left when John Travis resigned from the board May 10.
Travis’ resignation became necessary after he sold his home off Peppers Ferry Road in Pulaski and moved to a home on Claytor Lake – which is located outside the Massie District.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to be of service again to the citizens of Pulaski County in the Massie District,” McCready said following the board’s vote.
“I want to thank the Board of Supervisors for their rigorous selection process and their selection of myself to serve. I also want to thank the three other citizens who offered their services also to the citizens of Pulaski County for this position. I also want to thank John Travis for his service over the last two and a half years.”
McCready said he will be “quickly stepping up” to get up to speed on all issues facing Pulaski County and will be prepared to vote on the budget at the June 27 meeting.
“The issue of inflation and fuel cost is going to have a substantial effect on all departments under the county budget. Other items that are of concern to me, I would like to see the PSA to be able to extend more water and sewer lines into areas of the county that need service. It is very important to me that Pulaski County works closely with the Town of Dublin and the Town of Pulaski for all of our success and that our towns are sustainable and healthy.
“Successful economic development growth of all types is the key to our ability to being able to pay our bills and keep our taxes low. I will continue to be a strong supporter of Pulaski County and will push back against those – both locally and regionally – who want to show us in a negative light,” he said.
McCready’s appointment runs into November 2022 when a special election to seat a Massie supervisor is held. The winner of that election will serve the final year of the original four-year term. All seats on the board are up for election for a full four-year term in November 2023.
McCready used the opportunity to address the supervisors Thursday to go on record as announcing his intention to seek election to the board in November, and again in November 2023.
“I am today announcing my run for election to finish the one-year term remaining. I do plan to run for a full four-year term in November of 2023. So, I will have to run both twice,” he said.
“Citizens with concerns or needs can reach me at my email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call my home or office anytime at (540) 980-8700. I look forward to hearing from them. And I look forward to continuing to make Pulaski County a great place to live, work and recreate.”
McCready was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2011 and served eight years through the end of 2018 when he was narrowly defeated in his re-election bid by Travis.
During his eight years on the board, McCready also served as chairman for the final four years.