Andy Walker represents District 6, which lies in the southernmost part of Suwannee County. A native of Branford, Walker has served on the Suwanne Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) board since 2005.
Q: What do you like most about living in the Suwannee Valley?
I like the rural way of life and the country people. We have a great farming community, and I like being able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
Q: What line of work are you in?
I’ve been the full-time parent in the family. I have some income from retirement investments and my wife wanted to keep working and build up her retirement. Being a full-time parent is a sacrifice, but a very important responsibility. I’m thankful that we are able to do it. We have one daughter, 14, we’re very proud of her.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to water ski. I don’t get to go as much as I used to, but I love being out on the Suwannee River near Branford. I also like working on our farm where we grow pine trees.
Q: What made you want to serve on the SVEC board?
I used to work for Florida Power Corp. on the generation side of the business and I knew I could use my electric utility knowledge and experience to help make our cooperative better. I’ve always had three goals: to help improve our reliability, to help keep our costs low, and to help improve our member service. We’ve made strides in all three areas, but there is more work to do, it’s a continuous process.
Q: What’s the most important impact SVEC has on its community?
Our main responsibility is to provide the reliable, affordable electricity that our members use every day. We take our responsibility seriously in the long-term planning and implementation to provide that energy to our members. We have a great group of employees, they are dedicated to serving our members. We are local, we live in the communities we serve, and we are owned by our members.