Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of candidate profiles for the May 6 primary election to be published between now and April 30 in The Daily Journal.
Dewey Brower is aiming to represent the average resident and help improve the lives of students in Richmond County.
Brower, 59, of Hamlet, is seeking election to the Richmond County Board of Education. The seat is a four-year term and the salary pays $225 per month. Four seats will be coming open this year.
Brower will be going up against incumbents Joe Richardson, Irene Aiken and Pamela Easterling as well as challengers T.K. Thrower, Bobbie Sue Ormsby and Don Greene.
Early voting for the primary election starts Thursday and will last until 1 p.m. on May 3. Election day for the primary will be May 6. The primary election is the only election for the school board.
Brower, who served one term on the Hamlet City Council, believes that he can bring his different experiences to the board to help serve the residents of the county.
“Unlike some that are already on the board, I’m not a former teacher or principal and that gives me a different perspective,” Brower said. “I have experience as a literacy tutor, but my real experience is in just knowing the younger generation and have a granddaughter that is in the school system.”
Brower ran for re-election to the Hamlet City Council last November. Two seats were open and he came in third with 311 votes. Despite the loss, Brower still is ready and willing to serve.
Brower hopes to focus on relationships between parents and teachers if he is elected to the board.
“I want to see more involvement from both the sides of the parent and the teacher,” Brower said. “I believe that is the real success in seeing a child succeed. Also, I would like to see more community involvement in the school system.”
Brower also wants to support the teachers in the school system who, he believes, are losing their voice in the school system due to state law changes.
“We’re losing teachers and we need to try and retain them,” Brower said.
Regarding the $50,000 that Raider football coach Paul Hoggard and Richmond Senior High School Principal Keith McKenzie asked of county commissioner for a proposed youth football program, Brower sees good and bad points in the commissioners granting that money.
“The good thing about it is it would really create a great youth program for the kids here,” Brower said. “The bad thing about it is that money could be used on other programs to focus more on education.”