Thursday, January 31, 2008

Reed wants rematch against Kessler in 130th House District

Billy A. Reed wants another shot at the 130th District House seat in the state Legislature.

The Republican said he will seek his party's nomination on April 22 to run against incumbent Rep. David Kessler, a freshman Democrat.

Reed, who has never held political office, defeated Republican Dennis Leh, a 20-year member of the House, in the May 2006 primary election but lost to Kessler in the fall contest.

His reasons for running haven't changed since 2006, Reed said.

"As citizens of this Commonwealth, we have a duty to be certain that our public servants are faithful to their obligations," Reed said. "Our representatives in Harrisburg all made the promise to eliminate the real property tax. To date that hasn't happened."

In a shot at Kellser and other members of the freshman class of 2006, Reed said, "We need a Legislature that keeps its promises to the people -- real tax reform, reduce the perks and benefits, term limits, health care in line with the average citizen, streamline the entire government."

In addition to reform issues, Reed also wants more emphasis on alternative energy sources such as solar and wind.

Reed also wants to see Pennsylvania honor its heritage by observing Sept. 28 as "Constitution Day."

The Rockland Township resident owns a business near Fleetwood and was a former manufacturer of model railroading parts and accessories.

A lifelong resident of Berks County, the 52-year-old Reed said his experience as a small business owner and entrepreneur will come in handy in Harrisburg.

"I learned to deal fairly with people, as customers, suppliers and even government regulators," Reed said. "All of which leads to the ability to recognize a need and the needs of others. To set goals and achieve the goal."

Before his 2006 foray into politics, Reed ran unsuccessfully for Berks County commissioner in 2003.

Reed also wants to see restrictions in school designs to curb runaway spending by school districts and supports term limits for all elected officials.

Kessler hasn't formally announced if he is running for a second term, but is expected to seek reelection.

The only other announced candidate is Republican Aaron J. Durso, a Birdsboro Borough Councilman and pastor of Love Christian Fellowship in Birdsboro.

The 130th House District in Eastern Berks County consists of Amity, Colebrookdale, Douglass, Earl, Exeter (Voting Districts 01, 03, 06 and 07), Oley, Pike, Rockland, Ruscombmanor and Union townships and the boroughs of Birdsboro, Boyertown and Fleetwood.

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