Newport Beach attorney Dana Reed announced this morning that he will run for county Supervisor Thomas F. Riley's seat in the 5th District if the former Marine brigadier general does not seek reelection in June, 1990.
Reed joins Costa Mesa Mayor Peter Buffa and Irvine Ranch Water District President Peer Swan as announced candidates for Riley's seat. Like Reed, both Buffa and Swan have indicated that they will not enter the race if the 76-year-old Riley decides to run again. Riley, whose health is a major question mark, has declined to discuss his future political plans.
"The fact that the general has not said one way or the other led me to believe this is the appropriate thing to do, and I have (Riley's) blessing," said Reed, a member of the Orange County Transportation Commission.
Reed, 45, said he decided to announce his intentions so far in advance of the election because new campaign contribution laws make it even tougher to raise money.