Reading City Council Dist 4
Under the Home Rule Charter, the City of Reading is divided into six districts, with each district electing one Council member. District-elected Council members represent the voice of their District and act as a body to make decisions in the best interest of the entire City. The President of Council is elected at-large as the presiding officer of Council with the same voting powers as the other six District Council members. The President interacts with the Mayor and other governmental entities and represents the voice of Council.
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Wesley Savon Butler
What motivates you to run for the office of Reading City council?
Please explain your qualifications for this position.
What is the most important issue(s) facing the City of Reading, and how will you resolve it?
Majoring in Communication Studies at Kutztown University.
Reading Youth Advisory Board and Kutztown University Diversity Board.
People in Reading often say that they want this city to be a place where their kids come back to raise their families and work. Simply put, I am the generation that they are talking about. I want Reading to be a place where people want to return - or for new young families to be attracted to Reading and move here. To see that happen, my generation needs more opportunities for jobs and more recreational activities. The decisions that are made on Council affect how we move forward as a city. I am driven to ensure that people can have good-paying jobs so they can own their homes and enjoy a clean, safe environment. We must support our arts community, our sports facilities, our restaurants, and all of our businesses. All of this leads to an enhanced quality of life that will make our city thrive.
While I don’t have decades of experience, I am motivated, capable, and willing to represent the residents of District 4 on Council and be a voice for the future while respecting the past. I am willing to research all issues before Council thoroughly so that I can make the best decisions to move Reading forward. I am a team player, and that’s an important attribute on a governing body such as Council. I have been active in my community and currently serve on the City’s Youth Advisory Board and on the Kutztown University Diversity Board.
I am optimistic that Reading is on the verge on becoming a city that we can all be proud of. We have possibilities, opportunities, and so many assets – yet we seem to be stuck when it comes to truly becoming all that we can be. I want to keep the future in mind with every decision that is before Council.The issues of managing the budget and working on legislation to promote safety and improve quality of life will all lead to Reading becoming a place where businesses want to be located and people want to live and raise families. This is the vision I have for our City, and by working together and being creative and forward-thinking in our decisions, I believe I can help make this happen.
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