From Staff Reports
Connie Buchanan was sworn in on Monday, Nov. 25, by Congressman Phil Roe to serve as a member of the Unicoi County Election Commission. Buchanan is the first Republican woman appointed to the commission and will join Thomas Reeves, Roland Bailey, Bill Beckman and Marvin Rogers on the five-member board.
According to information released by the Unicoi County Election Commission, Buchanan is a Unicoi County native and graduate of Unicoi County High School. She is married to Jim Buchanan, has one daughter, Cindy Elzea, and two grandsons, David and Jared. She currently works at the Tri-Cities Flea Market.
The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Roe and well attended by community leaders and members, including State Senator Rusty Crowe, County Mayor Bubba Evely, Unicoi County Republican Party Chair Renea Jones and Unicoi County Election Commission Chairman Tom Reeves among many others.
The newest member of the Unicoi County Election Commission is heavily involved in the community, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Erwin Kiwanis Club and the Unicoi County Habitat for Humanity. Buchanan works with veterans to assist them in getting benefits and other assistance. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoys sewing and playing the piano.
During the ceremony, Buchanan expressed her excitement to join the commission and appreciated the confidence placed in her by the community. She also spoke warmly of Commissioner Paul Monk who recently passed and had served well on the Election Commission. Crowe told the gathered attendees that this appointment was easy to make because of the overwhelming response from the community requesting that Buchanan be appointed to the commission.