Sean Reed, Midwest City native and businessman, has announced his candidacy for Ward 4 of the Midwest City Council. The graduate of Midwest City High School has lived in the city all of his life and is vice-president of Reed’s Tax Service.
Reed’s father Eddie Reed served as mayor of Midwest City for 13 years from 1993 to 2006. “Midwest City has been good to my grandfather, my father and me, and I think it’s time to give something back by serving,” Sean Reed said in an interview.
“I plan to listen twice as much as I speak,” Reed said when asked about his campaign strategy. Expressing his concerns with the city’s falling sales tax revenues, Mr. Reed said that he wants to approach the issue with a three pronged approach. “Attract new businesses, strengthen existing businesses, and attract shoppers,” Reed said.
Mr. Reed believes his background reading financial statements, preparing taxes and defending taxpayers would give him a unique perspective on the Council. One project he hopes to bring to the Council is the installation of LED traffic lights. Reed cited a study done by Los Angeles that showed significant savings due to the reduced maintenance required by LED lights. The candidate also pointed out that Los Angeles saw a decrease in crime rates that it attributed to the increased brightness of the LED lights, and as Reed put it, “Criminals like to do their dirty work in the dark.”
Mr. Reed expressed concern over Midwest City’s recent move to bring in a negotiator from Tulsa to moderate contract negotiations between the city and local firefighters. Reed said that the city has spent approximately $10,000 thus far for this service. “The city has brought in someone who has no vested interest in Midwest City, no love for it, and the taxpayers paying for it. Midwest City has some of the best and brightest here, and I think they should be allowed to do their jobs.”
Another issue Reed mentioned is infrastructure that is granted the city by the state and federal governments. “These gifts are often for infrastructure such as sidewalks and park trails. They may be free initially, but upkeep requires spending by the city for maintenance and personnel. I think we should take a close look at these things before we just accept them,” Reed said.
Reed says he has been on a “listening tour” of Midwest City in an attempt to learn all he can about the workings of the city and the current government. “I’ve been meeting with everyone I can think of. I want to hear what everyone has to say, and any suggestions or concerns they might have.”
“A lot of candidates just want to knock doors to get votes. I’m talking to the voters, and the unions, and the city government workers, the firefighters, the police, you name it,” Reed continues. “Every person matters, every opinion matters, every concern matters,” the candidate said.
Mr. Reed has received a number of endorsements early in his campaign, including State Representative Charlie Joyner, Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, State Senator and former Midwest City Mayor Jack Fry, Midwest City Councilmen Rick Dawkins and James Ray, retired State Senator Dave Herbert, State Representative Jon Echols, retired State Representative Bill Case, State Representative Gary Banz, and Oklahoma County Treasurer Butch Freeman.