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January 13th, 2018
Ken Reed Files to Run for the House of Delegates 59th District
January 6th, 2020
County Commissioner and Local Business Owner announces run for WV House Seat
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va – Morgan County Commissioner, multi-business owner, and pharmacist Ken Reed, will seek a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates to represent District 59.
Commissioner Reed, R-Morgan was elected to the Morgan County Commission in November of 2016.
“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as a County Commissioner. I am very optimistic about our future in the Eastern Panhandle. If we focus on growing the economy, making our government run more efficiently, and decreasing our dependence on federal money, the Eastern Panhandle will lead the way for many years to come.”
Reed currently serves on the Workforce WV, Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning & Development Authority, and Morgan County Planning Commission.
Reed graduated from Brooke High School in 1986 and attended the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, obtaining his degree and starting his career as a pharmacist in 1992. He met his wife, Tally in pharmacy school and married in 1993. They have four children. Reed began his career working as a chain pharmacist then went on to build his own small chain of pharmacies in and around the Eastern Panhandle.
Reed and his wife currently own and operate the Canary Grill in Berkeley Springs and Reeds’ Pharmacy locations located in Hedgesville; Berkeley Springs; Springs Mills; Hancock, Maryland; and Berryville, Virginia.
According to Reed, his platform will largely focus on Infrastructure, economic growth of the Eastern Panhandle, and local issues that affect the daily lives of Eastern Panhandle residents.
“I look forward to using my experience as a county commissioner, business builder, and pharmacist to keep the Eastern Panhandle moving in the right direction. The people in this area need representatives that know how get things done!”
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The Herald-Mail posed 4 questions.
"MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Three candidates are vying to represent the 59th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates when voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 general election.
Reed is a Republican.
The 59th District includes portions of southern and eastern Morgan County, along with northern and western Berkeley County, including the Hedgesville area, Cherry Run, Jones Spring and The Woods.
The state deadline to register to vote is Oct. 13, and early voting will be held Oct. 21-31."
Q: In your opinion, what is the No. 1 problem facing residents in your district, and what legislation, policy, rule and/or regulation change do you feel is needed to tackle it?
Reed: The 59th District and the Eastern Panhandle have seen tremendous growth over the last several years. Six months ago, I would have said the No. 1 issue facing the district would be infrastructure inadequacies throughout the region. Now, there is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is and will be the No. 1 issue.
Reed (continued): Through my work as a Morgan County commissioner and with the Region 9 Planning and Development Council, we have made great strides over the last several years. Should I be elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates, I will continue to support and sponsor legislation that will keep us moving forward with an agenda focused on economic development, infrastructure upgrades and bringing good paying jobs to the Eastern Panhandle.
Q: What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of your district?
Reed: The Eastern Panhandle and the 59th District have many strengths. Cacapon State Park, Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, Potomac River access, and the historic town of Hedgesville are a few of this district’s highlights. Our rural area and river frontage have great potential for agriculture and recreational tourism. The primary weaknesses of the district are limited broadband access, poor road conditions and the lack of water and sewer options to meet high-growth demand.
Q: What should voters know that clearly distinguishes you from your opponent(s)?
Reed: My years of experience in the public and private sectors make me uniquely qualified to hold this office. As a pharmacist, small businessman, Morgan County commissioner, husband and father to four children, I have the leadership skills needed to effectively advocate and legislate for all my constituents.
Q: What personal/professional experiences do you believe will help you be an effective lawmaker if elected?
Reed: Membership and boards: Eastern Panhandle Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Pharmacist Association, Epic Pharmacy Network, Workforce West Virginia Region 5, Eastern Panhandle Planning and Development Region 7, Travel Berkeley Springs, Morgan County Planning Commission, past Morgan County Economic Development Authority, past Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority experience, Morgan County commissioner, CEO of Reeds Pharmacy, CEO of Canary Grill, VP of EPIC Pharmacies Inc., President of West Virginia Pharmacist Association, Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development executive committee, CEO of Reeds Real Estate, CEO of Pharm Investments and past candidate for U.S. Congress, 2nd Congressional District.