Birmingham City Council District 2
Name: Deanna Reed
Residence: South Eastlake
Political Experience: None
Professional experience: Has been program coordinator for The Rickey Smiley Foundation and event manager for Bruno Event Team.
Education: Bachelor’s, public relations and journalism, Miles College, 2011; graduated Ramsay High School.
Civic experience: Member, Birmingham Youth Advisory Council; speaks at churches and mentors young students.
Top contributions: Rimtyme, $1,000; ToneDef Digital, $500 in-kind contribution; Thornton Enterprises, $250; Tiffany Samuels, $250; Randi McClain, $250.
Main issues: Reed’s key issues center on reducing crime, improving communication and building consensus. She favors implementing block captains to keep watch in neighborhoods. She wants to make government more transparent and thinks the new council will need to work to overcome distrust and rebuild the faith of constituents. She pledged to host open forums in every neighborhood, visit neighborhood meetings and use social media to communicate regularly with residents.