Elaine Reed announces candidacy for City of Darlington council seat

Elaine Reed Photo contributed.

Elaine Reed
Photo contributed.

Elaine Reed formally announced her candidacy for the City of Darlington Council seat today. She will officially file at the Election Commission on February 5, 2016.

She describes her campaign for office and vision to lead Darlington forward as follows:
“I was born and raised in Darlington, and my family has been here for decades. I believe my background and work experiences qualify me for this seat.”

Reed attended Hampton University and Shaw University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Elaine has a long and distinguished career in civic and government affairs. She was the first African American news reporter for WBTW T.V. 13. She was also the first African American on the Congressional Staff of former Congressman John Jeanerette. Additionally, she was Public Relations Director of Darlington County Community Action Agency, Employment Security Commission.

When David Beasley was elected Governor, he brought Elaine Reed on as Project Director in the Health and Human Services Division of the Governor’s Office. Soon after moving to Columbia, she transferred from the Governor’s Office to the Cabinet Level in the Department of Health and Human Services Division as a Program Manager, where she served until she retired in January 2010.

A person known for her dedication and commitment, Ms. Reed remains intricately involved in local politics, community and civic affairs. She is currently active on the following groups:

• Board Member, The Learning Tree Day Care Center
• Saint James United Methodist Chairwoman of Religion and Race Committee
• Board Member, Darlington County Library Board
• Member, Darlington Planning Commission
• Member, National Council of Negro Women
• Daughter of Elks Excelsior Temple 790
• Member, Darlington County NAACP

“I am really excited about this campaign and am looking forward to taking my message to the people of Ward 2,” said Reed. “This is the seat that our new Mayor held ably for many years. In fact, I’m honored that she encouraged me to run for the Seat she held for over a decade. I see positive growth for Darlington, and I want to be a part of that vision.”

Author: Jana Pye

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