Gov. Perdue appoints Keever to fill Goforth’s seat
Today, Governor Bev Perdue appointed Patsy Keever to replace Rep. Bruce Goforth, who resigned In July. Keever defeated Goforth in the May primary and is currently running for the seat. While this means that Keever will technically run as an incumbent, the General Assembly doesn't reconvene until January, after the election. Full announcement, from Keever's campaign, below:
Asheville, NC, September 8th, 2010 — Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed former county commissioner Patsy Keever to fill the North Carolina House of Representatives District 115 seat recently vacated by former Rep. Bruce Goforth. Keever will be sworn in at the Buncombe County Courthouse on Wednesday, September 15th at 5:30 p.m. The event will be open to the public. An after party will take place at Pack’s Tavern, 20 South Spruce St, directly following the ceremony.
Keever is currently campaigning for a full two-year term for the State House on a platform of creating quality jobs, renewing our local economy, ensuring that our children receive a quality education and preserving our mountain heritage. The General Election takes place on November 2 with early voting beginning October 14.
Patsy Keever is a former three-term Buncombe County Commissioner and has served as President of the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters, Chair of the Criminal Justice Partnership Project and the Mountain Area Substance Abuse Prevention Board.
As the coordinator of the Asheville-Buncombe CROP Hunger Walk, Keever helped organize communities of different faiths to work together help alleviate world hunger through an awareness and fundraising walk. She currently chairs the Buncombe County Library Board of Trustees and sits on the boards of CarePartners Health Services and Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center.
Keever taught language arts and social studies at Enka Middle School for 16 years and has taught for a total of 25 years in various public schools. She served as the president of the district and local chapters of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).