READING, Pa. - The Pennsylvania primary election is less than a week away, and WFMZ's Tom Rader is having conversations with the candidates seeking to be the Democratic nominee for mayor of Reading.
Five people are running, including the incumbent, Wally Scott, who remembers the moment he decided to seek reelection.
"I don't mean this in a negative way when I say this to you," he said. "I wanted to know, would there be some good candidates running that are running because of the people and not running because of big business."
Scott refers to himself as "The People's Mayor," and he said it's the people who are at the center of improving development in the city.
"Economic development can't be buildings and bringing jobs here, as people say," Scott said. "It has to be, do we lift our people up when you give them a job? Are they getting a job here or are the jobs going outside the city?"
Scott addressed the city's blight.
"Normally, we tear down a property because it's doing something to the neighbors," he said. "When that roof leaks, the neighbor's roof leaks, so we are trying to do what we possibly can. If we find developers, we make the properties available to anybody."
And when it comes to crime, Scott said he wants to talk to Berks County District Attorney John Adams about getting money seized in drug investigations.
"Give me that money that you take as forfeiture to buy cameras, to get policemen, to clean up blighted areas," Scott said.
Much has been made about Scott's relationship with city council and his attendance at meetings. He said he's doing his best.
"I want to say to you that I always do everything I possibly can. Watch the films," he said. "I ask them, I beg them, what did I do wrong? Tell me, help me. They don't talk to me. It has to be city council, too, that wants to help the city."
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