Candace Reed formally announced her candidacy for the Tennessee state House District 46.
Reed, 34, is a lifelong Tennessean and a teacher of eight years in Wilson County schools. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in mass communications in 2002 and went to work as an associate producer for News Channel 5.
However, it wasn’t long before Reed realized her heart was not in television news, but rather in teaching. In 2006, Candace received her license from Tennessee Technological University and is currently teaching third grade at Southside Elementary School.
It was through teaching Reed said she found a passion for public service. She was a member of the Wilson County Education Association throughout her career in teaching and served as the public relations chair of the organization. Through her position as public relations chair, Candace organized the “Read Across America” book drive for pre-kindergarten classes, enabling them to give each lottery pre-kindergarten student in Wilson County a book of his or her own.
It was Reed’s experiences as a teacher and through her community volunteering that led her to seek a more active role in public life.
Reed said she experienced, first-hand, the difficulties teachers and parents face in trying to provide a quality education while having to deal with an ever-expanding array of high-stakes tests and changing standards that take away from the classroom experience.
“Let’s allow teachers to use their expertise to teach students in ways that best meet their needs,” Reed said. “A teacher’s livelihood and license should never be tied to one standardized test.”
Reed said she hopes to use her knowledge of education and experience in bringing people together to achieve a common goal at the State Capitol, where she hopes to work across party lines to create an education system that gives teachers and students the tools necessary to succeed, help create higher paying jobs with good benefits and focus upon her district.
Reed is married to her college sweetheart, Joey Reed, and they have two daughters, Kellee, 7, and Joey Kate, 1. While not working on school projects, Reed said she enjoys running, finishing her first full marathon in November.
Her passion for physical fitness has also led Reed to be a part of the Healthy School Team at Southside, which promotes health and wellness for students and faculty.
“I am excited and encouraged by all of the support I’ve received for this pursuit of public office,” Reed said. “I look forward to the challenge of running for the state House, meeting as many constituents as I can, and discussing the issues that matter most to us in this 46th district.”
Reed encourages the entire community to attend her official campaign kickoff April 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sammy B’s at the Mill in Lebanon.