There will be some new faces on the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees later this month after incumbents Dave Cowley and Kip Hooks decided not to re-file for election for Place 6 and Place 7, respectively.
Cowley’s spot is being sought after by Jeromy Puckett and Tiffany Branson. Hooks’ seat is to be filled by Mike Guest, who is running unopposed.
For Puckett, this is his second time seeking a spot on the board after he unsuccessfully ran in 2013. Puckett, 40, is owner of Pro-Tech HVAC Solutions Inc. in Weatherford and his wife, Chastity, is a teacher at Raymond E. Curtis Elementary. The Pucketts have two sons, Dylan and Jordan.
Puckett attended Weatherford High School and also Weatherford College. He is a former member of the Weatherord Optimist Club and is also a member of the WHS Football Booster Club, as well as serving as president for the Weatherford Quarterback Club.
When asked why he was running for school board on his Facebook page, Puckett said his mission in life was much like the mission of WISD and that was to “teach, challenge and inspire” children in this community.
“As a coach, volunteer, mentor and parent in WISD, I know the importance of making sure students have the tools they need to become successful and productive members of society,” he explained. “It is crucial that schools provide the resources needed to make sure every student has an opportunity to be successful once they graduate; whether they plan to attend college, vocational school or step right into a career field.
“I have a passion for Weatherford and children and I know that I will do everything I can help build a better future for WISD students, and help give faculty and staff the best opportunity to help students become successful members of the community.”
Branson, 36, is a Weatherford attorney. Her husband, John, is an investigator at County Attorney John Forrest’s office. The Branson have two children, Owen who is 11 and Carly who is 5.
Branson is a member of the Texas Bar Association and also teaches a law class at Weatherford College. She served on the Campus Improvement Team at Austin Elementary for the 2012-13 school year and also as Budget and Finance Chair on WISD Council of PTAs.
When asked why she was running, Branson said she has a “firm belief in children and family.”
“Children are the most precious commodity in our community,” she said. “They are our future leaders, parents, school teachers and so much more. We all have a direct interest in making certain that every child receives a great education and a good foundation in life. To do so, we must ensure that each child here in Weatherford ISD has every opportunity at success that we are able to provide.
“It takes so many to make this happen. No one person alone could set out and accomplish such a feat. I believe in our kids and want to pull up my sleeves and work to make all possible for them.”
Guest works at Alpha Systems and is married with two children. He is actively involved in the Weatherford Football Booster Club.