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