An official swearing in ceremony marked the end of not one, but two hard-fought campaign battles for Derrick Reed, who emerged from the May election as a run-off candidate.
Council on Monday officially canvassed the returns of that June 14 run-off election, declaring Reed the winner of Position No. 2 on council. The Oath of Office was administered by the Honorable Belinda Hill.
Pearland’s first African-American Councilman says he wants his qualifications to stand on their own.
“Pearland elected me, Derrick Reed, they didn’t elect me because I am an African American,” he said. “They elected me because of my qualifications. I want that to be looked at more so than anything.”
He thanked volunteers, his wife, friends and family for their hard work and dedication during the campaign. “I am proud to be in this position alongside a great group of councilmen,” he said.
Reed is a resident of the fast-growing west Pearland area and an attorney at the Houston-based labor and employment firm Mize Minces PC.