Reed earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and law degree from Howard University after growing up in Georgia. Afterwards, he worked as a lawyer at international law firms such as Holland & Knight LLP. Soon after, he earned seats in the state Senate and House of Representatives while managing Shirley Franklin’s successful mayoral campaign. In 2010, Reed ran for Atlanta’s mayor and won, maintaining his hold on the seat until 2018, when he reached his term limit. He has recently been the target of an investigation into corruption from supposedly misusing campaign funds for personal use.
Reed has proposed a steady expansion of the police force to push the limit for Atlanta’s current capacity of 2,033 officers. In his past terms as mayor, he recruited nine hundred law enforcement officers. During Reed’s former term as Atlanta’s mayor, there was a 37% reduction in crime, and he has vowed to continue the trend.
Reed has historically utilized a partnership with Georgian Republicans and focused on trying to balance Atlanta’s budget while serving as mayor. Some of his past policies include past infrastructure projects such as a Savannah port and reducing city spending while promoting city services.