Reading runs for city council
Katherine Reading has lived in Burleson for only a few years, but she feels she could serve her adopted community even more by being a member of City Council. Reading currently serves on the planning and zoning commission, but when Dano Strong decided to step down from City Council, Reading jumped at the chance to run.
Reading and her husband, who is active duty military at Naval Air Station Joint Base Carswell in Fort Worth, moved to Burleson in 2015 when he got the call to transfer.
“We are on our final tour and have decided to retire in Burleson,” Reading said.
Several years ago, Reading and her husband were stationed at Carswell and attended a church in Burleson. They fell in love with the area and decided when the time came, they would move back.
“As soon as we arrived here, I hit the floor running,” Reading said. “I volunteer at my children’s school and formed a copy team that makes all the copies of paperwork for teachers.”
However, Reading had her eye on a bigger prize. A woman who loves policy, Reading decided to run for Mayor in 2017. Though she ultimately lost that race to incumbent mayor Ken Shetter, Reading said the campaign taught her a lot about city politics and she has a new respect for the elections process.
“After that, the City Council appointed me to zoning and planning commission place five,” Reading said. “They knew I was capable of doing the job and I’m very grateful for that.”
While on the planning and zoning commission, Reading has been studying density and how to properly shepherd growth into the city. She has also made it a point to establish relationships with residents and listen to their concerns.
“I’ve been able to reach residents regarding specific issues and address them with developers directly and really get some answers,” Reading said. “I’m proud of that.”
Now, Reading feels she is ready to run for City Council. There has not been a woman on the council in 10 years, Reading said, and it’s time to change that.
Additionally, Reading is being endorsed by Strong, who is stepping down from City Council.
“I think Katherine has the right temperament and she’ll do really well at it,” Strong said. “She has some stuff to learn but she’s humble and I think she’ll be a good person.”
Moreover, Strong said it’s time for City Council to have a woman on board.
“I’ve wanted to see a woman on council for a long time,” he said. “I want her to challenge our boys and she’s worked hard the past year.”
However, Reading doesn’t think she deserves the vote because of her gender.
“I don’t think I deserve the vote because I am a woman,” Reading said. “I think I deserve the vote because I’ve been active in policy, I’ve shown that I can be involved in planning and zoning and my opponent Dan Taylor hasn’t done any of that. So I think that separates me from him.”
If Reading is elected, one thing she will prioritize is infrastructure over density, keeping tax rates low and fiscal responsibility.
“Having a balanced budget is so important,” Reading said. “I also want to make sure that we are prioritizing our first responders.”
Her other priority, she said, is being a fresh voice to the council.
“I just want to be an approachable councilwoman,” Reading said. “I want people to be able to come to me with concerns. I am blessed to be in Burleson.”