Patsy Keever remembers your name. She listens and recalls details of your life. It’s uncanny – one of the first things that tells you that Patsy is in this for you, not for her.
Maybe it’s the decades of teaching public school or her three terms on the Buncombe County Commission. Maybe it’s just Patsy.
She greets volunteers and, with a touch on the shoulder, thanks them for being there. They come back because it’s fun. During her last race, Monday night was Quizzo with volunteers and staff.
Patsy attracted close to a thousand volunteers from the full spectrum of the community during what the New York Times called her “vigorous challenge (http://bit.ly/72tOjo)” to Congressman “Chainsaw Charlie” Taylor in 2004. A tourist from California wandered into her headquarters around lunch one day, just to see what was going on.
“This is a Senate race?” he asked, after looking around at the roomful of volunteers.
“It’s a House race,” the greeter corrected him.
“Huh?” the Californian exclaimed. “It looks like a Senate race.”
That’s Patsy Keever. She draws a crowd. People want to work with the toughest campaigner in the region and someone they can call friend. Now Patsy is running for the North Carolina House of Representatives in District 115.
From the mountains to the coast, North Carolina faces challenges that won’t be solved by the same old, same old.
There is plenty to do. Our mountains are threatened by steep slope development. Our public schools face serious budget issues. Health care (including mental health care) must be affordable and accessible to all North Carolinians. Creating high-quality, sustainable jobs is critical if working people are to save for their children’s education and their own retirement.
Development must serve more than developers. It should serve the people.
Patsy Keever. Putting People First.