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YEOs Rev. Dr. Simeon Queen City Councilman - Prairie View, Texas Council: Empowering and Educating Communities Rev. Dr. Simeon Queen is a city councilman and the mayor pro tem of Prairie View, Texas. He is also the chairman of the board of adjustments and appeals for the city. Dr. Queen is the author of a groundbreaking book, “Christians We Be Clubbin’,” which seeks to highlight a new consciousness in spiritual enlightenment for the younger generation. Queen attended Prairie View A&M University for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and received a doctorate in missionology from The Lord’s Outreach School of Theology in Lake Charles. Queen is involved in various organizations, including F.O.C.G: Sigma Rhomeo Inc., and is the national chaplain of the PVAMU National Alumni Association. Dr. Queen is currently the pastor of congregational and community support at St. John’s Downtown UMC, one of the most progressive churches in the country. Councilman Jermaine Reed represents over 78,000 residents in City Kansas, Missouri’s 3rd District. The district boasts a rich cultural and athletic history including the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, American Jazz Museum, and both the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals stadiums. Reed is the youngest member of the city council, elected at the age of 26. Overcoming poverty and homelessness, Reed continues to strive to be an example of what young people can achieve with perseverance and dedication. He is a first generation college graduate, earning a degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jermaine Reed City Councilmember - Kansas City, Missouri Council: Ensuring a Sustainable Future Councilmember Craig Rice’s political career began in the fall of 2006, when he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, defeating a 12-year incumbent. There, he served on the ways and means committee and was a member of the education and fiscal revenue subcommittees. In 2010, Rice left the state legislature to run for the Montgomery County Council. His win made him the youngest African-American to ever serve on the nine-member council and only the second African-American man to serve in that role. He is the council’s vice president and serves on the education committee and the health and human services committee, helping to shape an annual county budget topping $4.5 billion. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, where he majored in computer science. Prior to holding elected office, he worked for Marriott International and Aramark Corporation, and as a business development manager for the government of Puerto Rico. Craig Rice County Councilmember - Rockwood, Maryland Council: Expanding Democracy www.YEONetwork.org - 24 -