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Deanna Reed marks our 29th interview with city council candidates. We’ve also interviewed six mayoral candidates. Links to all interviews can be found at the bottom of this post.
Communities And Neighborhoods In District 2
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When did you officially announce your candidacy and where/how did you do it?
“I announced my candidacy on Saturday, March 25 by visiting three different District 2 businesses: Diamond Cuts in Roebuck, Superior for Men in Crestwood and Joe and Debs in East Lake.
“Business development is one of my priorities, and local businesses are essential to our economy and growth. It was important to involve them in my campaign from the start.
“Residents were invited to stop by to meet me, learn more about my push for progress in District 2 and shop local, of course!”
What is the name of your principal campaign committee?
“Committee to Elect Deanna Dee Reed.”
Why do you want to run for Birmingham City Council?
“I am not running for the title; I am running for and with the people of Birmingham.
“Our mission is to create a change you can see. When I looked around my district, I began to think about what we can—and should be—as opposed to what we are now.
“I drove down Roebuck Parkway and saw all the ‘For Sale’ signs, passed through Crestwood Boulevard and saw deserted lots where families once lived, walked the streets of South Eastlake and passed by too many dilapidated homes and spoke to neighbors in Crestline who have grown tired of their concerns falling on deaf ears.
“Bringing positive change to these areas and all areas of District 2 is what inspires me every day.”
“I grew up in East Lake in District 2, the daughter of the late Bishop Michael Reed (former pastor of Old Pentecost) and Barbara Reed. I attended Ramsay High School and graduated from Miles College with a bachelor’s in public relations and journalism.
“I have built my career in media, marketing and events. I was canvassing the Roebuck area one day and someone asked, ‘Are you a politician?’ My response was, ‘No, I’m just someone who loves this city and is dedicated to finding solutions to the issues and concerns of the residents in District 2.’
“Problem solving is something I’ve done throughout my life. After a tornado destroyed Center Point Elementary School in 2012, I led efforts to replace playground equipment lost in the storm.
“As Birmingham program coordinator for The Rickey Smiley Foundation, I empower young people through college-and-career-readiness programs. I am also organizing our annual back-to-school event, Birmingham Alive, which will bring more than 2,000 people together at Legion Field. I am an event manager for Bruno Event Team, which produces the Magic City Classic, as well as other major events.”
“I will foster a healthy working relationship with the mayor’s office and my peers on the city council by always being accessible, honest and fair. I will always make it clear that I serve at the will of the people, and I will never lose sight of that.”
How will you accomplish transparency with the residents of Birmingham, if elected?
“Our citizens will no longer tolerate anything but openness and honesty in their leaders.
“Propaganda and empty promises are on a timeout! Our citizens deserve leadership they can trust and believe in.”