My twin daughters Allie and Abbie graduated this year from MASH (Meadville Area Senior High School) and are attending Edinboro University and University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, respectively.
So I took much of June and July to spend time after the primary to heal more from my March eye surgeries and spend some time with the girls before they move out here during Fair Week.
Many people ask me, "Why are you running?"
I'm running partially to adjust to empty nest syndrome, partially because I have six years under my belt in council and as a Mayor of another Pennsylvania town (See 2003 Photo, Right), and because I believe I can provide a unique point of view to council, as I would be the only candidate around the "median" for things like age and income, not far above on both counts.
I do have my views on many issues, which I'll share here and there between now and the election. If you have any particular questions, feel free to post, message me on Facebook or Twitter, or call or text me on my cell phone.
I am an IT professional, also known as a "Computer Guy", I started programming computers since I was 5 with my dad. I've worked as a "Social Media Expert" in marketing, a "Database Administrator and Analyst", a "Computer Programmer", and a "Web Developer". I'm basically a well-rounded "Nerd" who needs to focus on massive amounts of financial data day in and day out and is responsible for that data being accurate - from reports for executives to tracking shipping and calculating sales tax on consumer websites.
I believe this kind of in-depth experience is incredibly rare in Government and having an obsession for accuracy and logic is something we need to apply to our decision making.
I hope to earn your vote in November and look forward to being your next City Councillor.
Herbert L. Riede
The Democratic Freedom Caucus has endorsed our campaign!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2017
Data Analyst Announces Candidacy for City Council
Meadville – City Council Candidate Herb Riede is looking forward to the challenge of what he calls, “reviewing a tax system implemented in the 1950s and making it friendly to homeowners and businesses.”
Herb hopes to help the city get past the habit of catching up with old major projects without long-term planning and then simplify and reduce the number of redundant revenue streams. “As a former member of a Boro Council and Mayor, I have experienced writing and passing budgets and have utilized the process to improve constituent services,” Riede said, “I intend to provide creative solutions that helps council to better hold the line on - if not restore - city services without relying on painful tax increases.”
Herb and his fiancé Lisa Fralick will be joined on the trail by their sons Herbie and Seth ages 4 and 11, respectively. Their twin daughters Allie and Abbie are seniors at Meadville Area Senior High and have already committed to Edinboro and Pitt-Titusville for the fall. They are working on the campaign to help their father register new Democrats for the primary and to gain volunteers as they themselves prepare to vote for their own father in their very first election, turning 18 this April.
Herb can be found at HerbRiede.com on Facebook.com/HerbRiede and @HerbRiede on Twitter and his cell is 814-795-9597.Read more
We've had an adventurous holiday break, and can't wait for 2017!
Let's work together Meadville!