Fall River Democrat Jim Reed, saying his desire to serve in Congress was reinvigorated by a recent near-death experience, plans to hold a press conference Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Redding.

First Congressional District candidate Jim Reed (D-Fall River Mills) announced Monday that he's holding a press conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, on the steps in front of the Shasta County Administration Center at 1450 Court St. in Redding. Reed, a third-generation Northern Californian who runs a law office in Fall River Mills, “is re-launching his campaign into its final weeks and will discuss his positive vision for District 1 as a member of the United States Congress,” according to a press advisory from his Reed for Congress campaign. “I treasure this incredible region of California and I vow to represent all the people of this district,” Reed said. “It's been a long time since we've had that kind of an advocate in Washington D.C. – someone who listens to every voice and cares about their concerns.” Reed said he has been energized by supporters from all across the District, which includes nine northern counties and portions of two others. A near-death experience just two weeks ago reinvigorated his desire to serve the region, according to the release. “While driving along Interstate 5 (where he had been placing campaign signs) Reed's Dodge truck with 300,000 miles experienced a mechanical failure and rolled four times. The truck was demolished, but Reed walked away with only a broken wrist and actually attended a campaign event the very next day.” “It's the kind of thing that puts your life into a very sharp focus,” said Reed, a former football star at the University of California at Berkeley and an avid private pilot. “But I believe that I'm here for a reason and I'm deeply thankful for the support of my incredible family. It's a blessing to meet and hear the stories of so many amazing people throughout in this region. I'll continue to travel throughout the district in the coming weeks and I look forward to meeting more folks and determining how I can best represent them as a member of Congress.”