Real Quick Politics: James “Papa” Brewer, Candidate For Proviso Township Democratic Committeeman, Endorsed By Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Walgreens Executive

March 10, 2014

Updated: March 11, 2014

James “Papa” Brewer, the candidate running for Proviso Township Democratic Committeeman against Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, has been endorsed by Mayor Edwenna Perkins. The Mayor’s endorsement was bolstered by that of Vincent Davis, former National Director of Operations and Military Affairs for Save A Life Foundation Inc., and the current Manager of Asset Protection and Business Continuity for Walgreens. Both of their endorsement statements can be read in full below:

Mayor Perkins Endorses James “Papa” Brewer For Proviso Township Democratic Committeeman

March 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Edwenna Perkins Head Shot

MAYWOOD, ILLINOIS — Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins has announced that she will officially endorse James “Papa” Brewer for Proviso Township Democratic Committeeman in the upcoming Democratic Primary election to be held on March 18th. Early voting for this election is already underway and will end on March 15th.

Mr. Brewer, a member of Proviso East’s 1969 State Championship basketball team, has both played and coached on the college, NBA, International and Olympic levels. Born and raised in Maywood, Mr. Brewer is a graduate of Washington Elementary and Proviso East High School.

“He’s the best candidate for the position,” Mayor Perkins said. “He’s a longtime Maywood resident and very successful. I think he will bring the same level of competence and professionalism to this job that he brought to his jobs as a player and coach at the highest levels of competition.”

Mr. Brewer is running against sitting Committeewoman Karen Yarbrough, who also serves as Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

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THE OPINION PAGE

James “Papa” Brewer Changing the Game in Proviso Democratic Committeeman Race

Vincent Davis's profile photo

Over four decades ago, a lanky teenager named Jim Brewer led Proviso East High School to its first State Basketball Championship, beginning a tradition of athletic excellence that endures today.  Brewer went on to enjoy a solid career as an NBA player and coach, returning to his Maywood roots after retiring from the game several years ago. Brewer, as are many of us who grew up in Proviso Township, is appalled at the condition of the once thriving community of his youth, poor academic performance in our schools, gangs, declining business presence, and a multitude of problems plaguing our neighborhoods. He decided that something had to be done, and threw his hat into the ring in the race for Proviso Township Democratic Committeeman.

The message Brewer’s candidacy brings to the career politicians who have had a hand in the decline of the township is simple; be accountable or get out of town. In a recent candidate forum Brewer made his agenda clear, to slate candidates who are committed to meaningful change in our schools and communities. His candidacy is challenged by those who would want to maintain the status quo in township democratic politics; the individuals who for all intents and purposes are part of the problem. What makes Brewer’s candidacy so intriguing is the fact that while he lacks political experience, he has the political will to challenge the nonsense that includes political infighting, petty agendas, and career ambitions of many incumbent officeholders.  

So why would this retired NBA star care about Proviso Township when he could easily fade quietly into the annals of sports lore? Because, as Jim quoted his late parents Willie and Dorothy Brewer, “to whom much is given, much is expected”. James “Papa” Brewer exemplifies the best of what Proviso Township was in the past and can be in the future with the proper commitment of its leaders. On Tuesday March 18th, vote for a candidate who can make a difference. Press #192 for James “Papa” Brewer.

Vincent B. Davis

Manager – Walgreens Asset Protection and Business Continuity

Westchester

Correction: The original press release on Mayor Perkins’s endorsement of James “Papa” Brewer contained the contact information for her assistant, which was added to the release by The Village Free Press, not the Mayor or anyone in her office. After some readers brought up concerns about the appropriateness of including the assistant’s contact information to the endorsement release, it was decided to simply remove it. 

 In the process of editing and publishing press releases, letters to the editor and op-ed pieces, I often change the content that’s been provided to me (with respect to grammar, syntax, layout, etc.) so that it meets a certain standard, while staying true to the author’s original intentions. I included the contact information, because I thought that it was appropriate for the format in which the statement was released. I did not foresee that there would be any hint of impropriety in doing so. That release has since been emended (Michael Romain, Editor/Publisher). 

4 thoughts on “Real Quick Politics: James “Papa” Brewer, Candidate For Proviso Township Democratic Committeeman, Endorsed By Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Walgreens Executive

  1. Mayor Perkins has every right to make an endorsement but the listing of her village assistant and a village government phone number is an absolute NO NO. Jim Brewer is a decent person but I have been heavily involved in Maywood governance and community action for over 50 years and never, NEVER, met him, even once, at a Maywood community service project or even Maywood social events that celebrate our town. The opposite is true for other greats such as Doc Rivers and Michael Finley.who have both given much back to their hometown. Mr. Brewer, whether he realizes it or not, is just a pawn in Gene Moore’s desire for revenge on anyone connected to the Yarbrough family. I am proud to be supporting Karen who has done much to build up the local Proviso branch of OUR party, encourage greater participation in the party especially nurturing young members of the party. And those are the main purposes of this unpaid political party position.

    1. Mr. Woll, I think it is rather presumptuous for you to assume that just because you don’t know somebody that they have no stake or interest in the community. Because someone has not been on your “radar” doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t know or understand the issues, or have done their part to work in the community. Your position speaks to a certain smugness and arrogance that I find offensive. My family came to Maywood in 1961, and like Mr. Brewer have been lifelong residents of this community. You can read my resume on LinkedIn, and it will give you a sense of my contributions to the community as a member of the Red Cross, FEMA, and retired Illinois National Guardsman. That one chooses his/her path to contribute in no way diminishes their stake in the community. Just because one has not chosen to be part of your narrow political scope, or to participate in some of the cesspool of self interests that has marred this community, doesn’t mean they don’t know or care. To each his own.

      Vincent Davis
      Private Citizen
      Westchester

  2. Hi Gary,

    One part of your comment merits a response. I actually included Ms. Greenhow’s contact information–that was done by neither Mayor Perkins nor Ms. Greenhow herself. In the process of editing and publishing press releases, letters to the editor and op-ed pieces, I often change the content that’s been provided to me (with respect to grammar, syntax, layout, etc.) so that it meets a certain standard, while staying true to the author’s original intentions. I included the contact information, because I thought that it was appropriate for the format in which the statement was released. I did not foresee that there would be any hint of impropriety in doing so. However, since you’ve pointed it out (and considering your wisdom and experience in politics and municipal government) I will remove it if it elicits any hint of ethical impropriety. Thank you for noticing that and I apologize for the confusion.

    Best,

    Michael Romain

    Editor & Publisher,
    The Village Free Press

  3. I apologize to Mayor Perkins because I have now found out that neither she nor her office were responsible for including her village office information.

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