First District Congressman Henry Brown is leaving his seat in Washington and running for Berkeley County Supervisor. However, the incumbent did not want to step aside, and in the June 8 primary, only two votes separated Congressman Brown from current County Supervisor Dan Davis. On Charleston affiliate WTMA, Brown and Davis debated before the June 22 run-off. Brown is running on his experience.
We worked hard for this district, not just in Congress, but in state legislature. Also, I served on City Council in Hanahan. I know the issues and I’m certainly ready to go to work. I didn’t intend just to quit, when I left Congress, just like when I left the state legislature to go to Congress.
Brown and Davis both received 40 percent of the vote. Davis, who had been a Brown supporter in the past, says he was disappointed when he found out Brown was running against him.
It was quite troubling. I always considered Henry my friend, and when he decided to run against me, that took me back a little bit. His feelings were that as a senior elected official in Berkeley County, that he was entitled to run for anything that he wanted to. He asked me not to run and asked me to step aside and let him run, but I didn’t feel that that was the right thing to do. I’ve worked very hard for the past three and a half years. I think we have accomplished a lot, so I really think I am the best person for the job.
In his campaign, Brown says the job has not been done well enough.
That was just not my opinion, it was also the opinion of a lot of the people that asked me to run. Back in the mid-90s, the people of Berkeley County were promised if they vote for a penny-sales tax, they would roll back 100 percent of their property tax. Well, Dan broke that promise to those constituents and used 29 percent of that money in the budget process, which is about $3 million a year. Not only did it do it one year, but this is his third year, so that’s $9 million.
Davis says that is not true.
With the 29 percent, I appreciate the congressman giving me that much credit, that I have that much power to actually make laws in Berkeley County, but I don’t. The budget is passed by county council. It takes a majority vote, at least five to approve it.
The third candidate, not in the run-off, with 20 percent of the vote was Minnie Blackwell of Hanahan.