Derrick A. Reed, husband, father, and engaged Pearland resident, is seeking to serve his community as a member of the City Council. Derrick has filed for Pearland City Council, Position 2, which is the council seat currently held by Scott Sherman who, due to term limits, is unable to run for re-election.
As a member of the Pearland Planning and Zoning Commission, Derrick is the only candidate running for Position 2 who has experience working in Pearland government and making decisions that affect our city. Throughout his tenure as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner, Derrick has consistently been a strong voice for smart and sustainable growth that enhances existing property values in the City of Pearland.
“I feel that with Pearland’s growth potential and wonderful location in the greater Houston area, we are in a position to provide our residents with the types of development that help to improve our local economy while also fostering a safe and family friendly environment,” stated Reed.
Derrick has consistently voted in favor of tight control on additional multi-family housing and has been a voice for protecting the integrity of existing neighborhoods.
Derrick is also a member of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce and the owner and founder of the Pearland based law firm, Reed PLLC. He started his legal career at a large law firm, but eventually found his calling to public service and became an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County. As a prosecutor, Derrick handled thousands of cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. In 2012, Derrick successfully tried a capital murder case where the defendant received life in prison. “My experience as a prosecutor instilled my confidence in public safety and helped to foster my confidence and support for our local police, fire, and emergency medical services.”
Derrick also brings recent and relevant experience through his community service activities. Between 2008 and 2011, he served as an executive board member for Literacy Advance of Houston, a non-profit that assists adults in achieving personal goals and self-sufficiency through improved literacy. He currently donates his time to the Houston Community Toolbank, a non-profit that provides an inventory of tools for lending to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. Locally, he has also served as a volunteer soccer head coach.
When asked why he wants to serve on Council, Derrick stated, “Pearland is a great place to raise children and the quality of life and community feel surpass any other city in the greater Houston area. I want to serve on Council to ensure that our city continues to be a place we can all be proud to call home.” He further said that “We face the challenges of a growing city including traffic, crime and resources that are stretched thin but I know that my experience and work ethic are well suited to addressing these issues and the other numerous issues that will come before council over the next three years.”
Derrick and his family currently live in Shadow Creek Ranch and are devout Christians who belong to Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. He and his wife, Erin, were college sweethearts and have been blessed with two children during their 11 years of marriage. Derrick received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was honored with the Distinguished Graduate Award for the College of Engineering in 2001. In high school, Derrick was a scholarship recipient of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and in 2009, became a member. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 2007, where he served as the Executive Editor for the Law Review and the President of the Intellectual Property Society.
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