Reading’s District 5 City Councilwoman Donna Reed announced her candidacy for Berks Commissioner this weekend at Mike’s Tavern. A small group filled the tavern in support Reed, who is using the campaign slogan Integrity, Accountability, and Empathy.
Former Reading Councilman Chris Daubert gave his thoughts on Reed’s decision to run for commissioner. “Serving with her on City Council, I saw first hand how strong she was and how fiercely determined she is to do what is right. I have no doubt she will represent all of us extremely well in the role as County Commissioner.”
“There’s so much that’s wonderful about Berks County, I feel like we can make it better” said Reed during her announcement speech. Her goal as commissioner is to help bring industry and business back to the County, which she says should start with the city. “As a County, we have to support our urban core. Not just the city, but West Reading, Muhlenberg, Wyomissing. If we have a strong urban core we’re not going to be paving over the farms, fields, and the beauty of the County.”
Reed says her inspiration comes from her family, former college floor-mate Susan Zirinsky, who was recently named president of CBS News, and her late father, Charles Reed, who served two full terms as a commissioner in Muhlenberg Township.