House Majority Leader Reed seeks Shuster’s seat

The pool of candidates vying for Rep. Bill Shuster’s seat in Congress is becoming more crowded.

House Majority Leader and State Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana, announced his candidacy Tuesday, noting his humble beginnings and his desire to serve the community.

“Being born and raised in our community, my family shared the same rocky road that so many other families endured,” Reed said in a press release, referring to his family’s struggle with unemployment. “I entered public service to fight to make that road a little less rocky for the generations to come.”

“I’m running for Congress to help lead our communities back here at home and to fight for our way of life in Washington,” Reed added. “America can be great again because of the workers and families in communities like ours who fight every single day to pass a better future on to their children and grandchildren. We deserve better than where Washington has led us.”

As a congressman, Reed said he would focus on improving economic opportunities for local families and working with President Donald Trump to give more power back to the states on issues like education, welfare reform and anti-poverty efforts.

Reed is joining GOP candidates Art Halvorson, Travis Schooley and John H. Eichelberger Jr. in the GOP race for Shuster’s position.

Democrat Adam Sedlock also is running for the 9th District seat.

Reed has served as House Majority Leader for Pennsylvania for the past three years and has been a member of the House since 2003.

After graduating from Homer-Center High School, Reed earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Indiana University of Pennsyl­vania and a master’s degree in governmental administration from the University of Pennsyl­vania.

Prior to joining the House of Representatives, Reed was the downtown director at Blairsville Improvement Group.

He currently resides in Indiana County with his wife, Heather, and their three children.

Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.