Usha Reddi has become the fifth entrant in April’s race for three seats on the Manhattan City Commission.
Reddi is a first grade teacher at Ogden Elementary. This past general election, Reddi sought the Democratic nomination for the 6th District state Board of Education seat, but didn’t make it out of the primaries.
She said she considers running for city commission an extension of her work in the school system.
“I would like to take this opportunity to do more for our community,” Reddi said. “Every decision I’ve made so far has been about children and families.”
Since becoming a full-time teacher during the 2006-07 school year, Reddi has served a two-year term as president of the National Education Association Manhattan-Ogden chapter and was named the 2011 USD 383 elementary teacher of the year.
Reddi said her work as NEA president exposed her to negotiations, budget cuts, and working with legislators, the USD 383 school board and community organizations. “I think I bring different strengths and a different perspective to the table,” she said.
Reddi joins incumbent Rich Jankovich along with Daniel Hogan, Karen McCulloh and John Ball as declared candidates for the commission race.
Jim Sherow, whose seat also expires in April, has said he does not intend to seek a new term. The term of Loren Pepperd also expires, and Pepperd has not yet declared his candidacy.
The filing deadline is noon Jan. 22.