A familiar face has jumped into the crowded Leesburg Town Council race.
Former Leesburg District supervisor, and twice-elected Town Council member, Ken Reid announced today that he is seeking a return to the council dais.
Reid won his first council term in 2006 and was re-elected four years later. In 2011, he defeated Kelly Burk, now Leesburg’s vice mayor, for the Leesburg District seat on the Board of Supervisors. Reid did not run for re-election in 2015.
In a press release announcing his campaign, Reid said he was “humbled” by the many town residents and business owners who approached him about returning to public service. He said recent actions by the Town Council, notably the process to appoint a new mayor earlier this year, as well as the town’s clean-up efforts related to Winter Storm Jonas, which left many residential streets unplowed for several days following the storm, were among concerns shared with him.
If elected to another council term, Reid said his priorities would be addressing traffic congestion chokepoints in town, such as along Rt. 15; scrutinizing taxes and spending; enhancing communication with the public; and working more proactively with the Board of Supervisors and General Assembly, to name a few.
Reid said one of his strengths is being proactive, not reactive, to situations, and pointed to his track records on the council and Board of Supervisors as evidence.
“My hallmark is putting the emphasis on results and being proactive, not being reactive to issues, as well as working collaboratively with folks of all political stripes,” he stated.
Reid first got involved with public service when he sought to have speed humps placed in his neighborhood, and has advocated for transportation improvements throughout the town and county. On the county board, he ultimately supported the Silver Line Metrorail project, after supervisors decided to create tax districts where property owners nearest to the future station would be the ones funding future Metro capital costs. According to his release, he also helped to secure funding for the design of future interchanges at Edwards Ferry Road and the Rt. 15 bypass, as well as at Rt. 7 and Battlefield Parkway; as well as a missing link of Miller Drive and the section of Crosstrail Boulevard between Rt. 7 and Sycolin Road.
Professionally, Reid is in his 24th year as editor and publisher of Washington Information Source Co., a newsletter publisher and distributor of specialized manuals, books and electronic databases for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies. Reid and his family have been town residents since 2002.
For more information on Reid and his campaign, go to kenreid.org.