OAKLAND -- Councilman Larry Reid is considering resigning from the City Council midway through his fifth term, potentially opening the door for his daughter to replace him.
"It's a thought, but I haven't made a decision yet," said Reid, who is still recuperating from his second heart surgery in two years. "This job is really stressful. I don't want to die in office."
While Reid said his daughter, Treva Reid, would be a worthy successor, his departure could open the door for former Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente to seek a sixth term on the council.
De La Fuente, who moved into Reid's East Oakland council district after losing his last election battle two years ago, said Tuesday that he was unimpressed with the current council and would consider running if Reid stepped down.
"I'm getting bored, and I see that City Council, and it's a sad picture," he said.
Several City Hall insiders said privately that Reid was expected to give up his seat and that an announcement could come as early as next week.
If Reid, 64, chooses to resign this summer, voters in his district would select a replacement to serve out the final two years of his term in the November election. Council members could appoint a temporary replacement if Reid resigns more than 120 days before the election, but the appointee would be barred from seeking election to the seat.
Reid said his daughter is interested in running for office and that she would make a fine council member.
"She's smart. She's articulate. She understands the issues. And whether I step down or not, you need someone to bring the passion and not someone who just wants the title," he said.
Treva Reid, a 41-year-old ordained minister, is the senior field representative for Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. She previously worked as the public affairs and business development manager for California Waste Solutions and as a district manager for Ford Motor Co.
Treva Reid, who lives in her father's council district, did not return phone calls Tuesday.
Larry Reid is the council's most senior member, having been first elected to office in 1996 after serving as an aide to former Mayor Elihu Harris. Through the years, he has worked to reduce crime and bring business to his district, which spans the farthest edge of East Oakland to the San Leandro border.
"He's done a fantastic job out here," said Gloria Jeffries, a member of the MacArthur Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council who worked with Reid to fight illegal car rallies in the neighborhood. "Larry's agenda has been to come here and help give us a better quality of life, and he has really done that."
Reid's health issues have forced him to miss several council meetings over the past two years. In addition to the heart surgeries, which he said were relatively minor, Reid also underwent back surgery last year.
Other rumored candidates to replace Reid, should he step down, include local contractor Kenny Houston, Alameda County Board of Education member Marlon McWilson and Reid's chief of staff, Iris Merriouns. Merriouns did not return phone calls Tuesday.
Reid is close to several of the rumored candidates, but he was clear that Treva Reid would have his vote should she run. "She is my blood," he said. "If that's what she wanted to do, I would certainly support my daughter."
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