Reading's longest-serving member of City Council is looking lead his colleagues in finding solutions for the city's toughest problems.
Councilman Jeffrey Waltman Sr. announced Tuesday that he will seek the Democratic Party's nomination for council president in the May 21 primary.
"Many serious issues loom large on the city's agenda," Waltman said. "We need leadership on Council to collaborate with the administration to find solutions to these critical issues, which will affect our city for decades to come."
Waltman has held other leadership roles during his tenure on City Council, including vice president and chairman of the finance committee, but it's the top job that's eluded him.
Waltman sought the council president post after Vaughn Spencer stepped down to become mayor in 2012. Francis Acosta, however, won council's vote.
Waltman said it's now time for another change.
"We need a City Council that can address the issues ahead of us with accountability, but not roadblocks. We need teamwork, not finger-pointing. Most of all, we need experience and true leadership, not a perpetual campaign," said Waltman. "My commitment to you is that I will get the job done for all of us. By now, hopefully you know my track record of working hard for all us – not for self-advancement."
Retired District Justice Deborah Lachine will chair Waltman's campaign.