At a gathering of supporters last week Dyer Alderman Nathan Reed formally announced his candidacy for re-election to the Dyer City Board. “Friends, I am running for re-election. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made and I want to continue to serve the citizens of Dyer,” said Reed.
“I believe in our city and in our citizens. I have worked for the last four years to promote our city, to better our city, to serve humbly and as best I can.” Reed was elected in 2004 and served for most of his term as chairman of the Police Committee. “I was pleased the mayor appointed me chairman of the Police Committee and I worked with law enforcement to develop policies and new laws that enhance public safety in our community. I know that a feeling of safety and security is one of the things that make living in a small town so very special.”
Since his election in 2004, Reed has not only conducted city business at board and committee meetings, but has also represented the city’s interests as a member of the Greater Gibson County Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Municipal League Economic and Community Development Policy Committee, and met with state and federal officials on behalf of the city. “Since Dyer is a small town, I know it’s especially important to keep the city’s needs and concerns on the minds of state and national policy makers,” said Reed.
Born and raised in Dyer, Mr. Reed attended Rhodes College in Memphis and was active in community organizations in Memphis including the Center for Southern Folklore and the Memphis Metropolitan Interfaith Alliance. Upon returning to Dyer, he remains a member of Dyer First United Methodist Church and has served on the church council for two decades, also serving at the district level, and representing the district at the church’s annual conference. He enjoys visiting other area churches often serving as a vocalist.
Reed has other plans for his next term, “It’s my hope that we can continue to improve facilities at the park — at minimum cost to the taxpayer. I also hope to revise the city zoning ordinance to protect and preserve property values, and to promote growth in our commercial districts. Though there are fewer and fewer grants available, there are still thousands of dollars out there — I hope we can use some of that grant money to begin revitalization projects downtown.”
Nathan Reed is willing to represent and promote Dyer’s interests wherever necessary. He traveled to Nashville in 2006 to promote legislation before the General Assembly that would require the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to more quickly pay out funds following a federally declared emergency like the tornadoes of April 2006. “Often it takes more than two years for cities to receive their full payments following disasters and that’s a great hardship, especially for small towns. It’s simply unacceptable,” Reed said. Recently Reed lobbied FEMA for payment of more than $80,000 Dyer was owed since the 2006 tornadoes. Asked about his work to recover the funds, Reed said, “I just started calling. I called every other day to someone in Nashville, Atlanta, or Washington until the check came.”
Nathan works for Jones Telecommunications in Dyer and travels all over West Tennessee and has the opportunity to work with city and county governments. “We all face many of the same challenges in rural West Tennessee, and working in other areas gives me additional insights to possible solutions for Dyer’s challenges. The contacts I’ve made with other local governments have been invaluable.”
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the city of Dyer for the last four years. If re-elected I will continue to promote growth in our city, to serve the citizens in any way I can, to do what is right for our citizens. I am very grateful for your support these last four years and I hope I can count on your vote and support on election day.”