Reed Seeks Second Term on Commission

By Tom Palmer
BARTOW | Polk County Commissioner Jean Reed has filed to run in 2010 for a second term.
Reed, 61, of Winter Haven is a Democrat and represents District 4, the area that covers much of northeast Polk County. While commissioners must live in the geographic district they represent, they are elected countywide.

"People from all over the county have asked me to run again, citing that my diversity is good for the commission and that I am responsive, willing to listen, and open to new ideas," Reed said in a press release announcing her candidacy.

Reed said her platform from her first election in 2006 will continue as she seeks a second term. Those issues are:

Growth that pays for itself.

Diverse and sustainable economic development.

Improved educational opportunities for all.

County government that is responsive to its citizens.

Sound environmental and water policies.

Polk Vision implementation .

Fiscal responsibility - deciding what programs and positions should continue, and prioritizing one-time projects

Reed spearheaded the formation of the Lakes Access Committee to increase and preserve public access to the county's 554 lakes and pushed for the purchase of Port Hatchineha Park, providing more public access to the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

She said her greatest continuing attribute is her interest and willingness to listen to neighborhoods and communities to try to solve problems.

Reed and her husband, Ralph, live in the Winter Haven area and have two grown children.

The only other candidate in the race so far is Michael Para, a Republican who lives in Davenport.

Commissioners serve four-year terms and are paid $41,328 a year.

[ Tom Palmer can be reached at or 863-802-7535. Read his blog at ]


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