Long-time agriculturalist, writer and newspaper columnist Pettus Read is announcing his plans to seek election as a County Commissioner to the Rutherford County Commission representing District 8 in the August 8 general election.
He is a sixth-generation Rutherford County native residing today on his family’s farm located on the same road where his ancestors settled in 1802. He is seeking the office as a citizen of Rutherford County just as his grandfather did over fifty years ago in the exact same area. “What party are you with?” I’m often asked says Read. “I’ve been getting that question a lot lately, and I am proud to always answer that I’m not with a party, I am with the people.”
“When it gets down to it, this is our home. We all know that the best way to meet challenges out beyond our own front porch is with our neighbors, not a nationally driven political agenda,” Read said. We are a community of people made up of civil servants, educators, farmers, nurses and other hard-working individuals who know that the best things in life are earned and rely on those around us to help protect those things and watch out for their well being. That is why I am running for District 8 Rutherford County Commissioner.”
Read attended the former Rockvale High School and is a graduate MTSU with a B.S. degree in plant and soil science, as well as minor studies in speech and business administration. He was employed with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation for more than 44 years, until his retirement at the end of last year.
He was recognized in 2013 by the Tennessee General Assembly, with Joint House Resolution Number 225, signed by Gov. Bill Haslam and both speakers, recognizing Read for his outstanding career and leadership in his community. He was also honored at the Capitol that same day as Tennessee’s Outstanding Agriculturalist.
Read currently serves on the Rutherford County Planning Commission, secretary on the National MTSU Alumni Board of Directors, chairman of the MTSU Agricultural Farm Advisory Board, member of the Tennessee State Agriculture Museum Board of Directors, represents the American Farm Bureau Federation with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and is a member of the 10-county area Cumberland Region Tomorrow Board of Directors planning organization representing Rutherford County.
He and his late wife Judy have two married children and two granddaughters. Read is an involved member of the East Main church of Christ.
“As your neighbor, I want to be your eyes, ears and voice in your county commission and ensure that you and your family are getting the most out of Rutherford County and its resources,” he said. “I don’t want to be looked upon as a political figure, but just as a neighbor helping neighbors. My father drove a school bus in this county for 46 years and my mother worked at Rockvale School in the cafeteria for 35 years. Now, it’s my time to repay the county and my community back for what they have given my family and me over all these years. I wish to serve District 8, its schools, its communities and most of all, its people.”