Huntingtown, MD – Jesse Reid Sr. of Huntingtown, the first African-American to serve on the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners, died Feb. 24. Reid was 84. In 1981, Reid, a Republican, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner David King, who had been appointed to complete an unexpired term in the Maryland Senate. Reid ran for a full four-year term but lost in the 1982 General Election.

According to biographical information released by Calvert County Public Schools, Reid taught science at Brooks High School prior to becoming a school bus contractor. He and his late wife, Ruth, were life members of the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department.

Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemens’ Association President Dale Bowen, a Company 6 member, announced Reid’s passing at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s officers’ swearing-in ceremony, Feb. 24. Bowen called Reid’s death “a huge loss.”
Funeral services for Mr. Reid are being handled by Sewell Funeral Home. No arrangements have been announced at this time.

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