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    Jermaine Reed 

    Jermaine Reed has spent half of his life involved in public service. His passion to help those around him has governed every choice, pushed him to immerse himself in service to his Kansas City community, and lead him across the country and even to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. Ultimately, the same determination to make a difference has compelled him to energize and restore the 3rddistrict, where he was born and raised. A child from Ivanhoe neighborhood, he made his way up through the Kansas City public school system at the height of busing and desegregation. 

    Jermaine is a graduate of Northeast Senior High School. As a youngster, more than a decade ago, he became active in Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, Jermaine attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, though he says he might not have been able to get there without the support of David Ross, then a vice-president at Bank of America, another mentor who “saw something in me that I hadn’t seen in myself.” In college, he stayed active in the community through Ad Hoc and frequent trips back to Kansas City. 

    After graduating with a degree in political science, he headed to Washington, D.C., where the only person he knew was Congressman Emanuel Cleaver – another mentor- for whom Jermaine had interned the summer before. He quickly found work with the Resource Development Office at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (he had completed the group’s Political Education and Leadership “Boot Camp” during college) and then with the D.C government, as a financial program manager. 

    Jermaine returned home to Kansas City to help his family particularly his younger brothers who were graduating high school – and his community through his role as Community Ombudsman for Cleaver’s Green Impact Zone of Missouri, focusing federal stimulus funds towards the revitalization of Kansas City’s Urban Core. 

    Serving on the city council is the next step. He believes that the citizens of the 3rdDistrict are not being well represented in City Hall – their voices are not being heard; resources are not finding a way back east of Troost Avenue to the urban core that so desperately needs rebuilding. “We’ve been overlooked for far too long,” Jermaine says, and he wants to “Energize and Restore the 3rdDistrict”.