Brown endorses Lew Williams in three-person Pinellas board race, according to Williams' campaign
Brown, who is retiring from the board, left a competitive field of candidates in her wake. Williams, a retired Pinellas County schools educator, faces attorney Keisha Bell and retired college professor Jim Jackson in the Aug. 24 primary.
According to the Williams' campaign, Brown was swayed by Williams' experience experience in the education field as well as in the community. Brown could not be reached by The Gradebook Friday or Monday morning to confirm the endorsement, but here is the statement the Williams campaign attributed to her in a press release:
“ I believe that Lew has demonstrated time and time again that he truly cares about students and their families. Lew has served in a number of leadership roles locally, to include the NAACP Education Committee. Combined with his ability to grasp issues quickly, envision academia for the future, focus on the budgetary shortfalls as well as the disciplinary issues in the district, I believe Lew has the attributes that will assist him in helping parents prepare our children for the tough times ahead."
Update at 4:51 p.m: In a conversation with The Gradebook this afternoon, Brown confirmed her endorsement, describing Williams as knowledgable, level-headed and possessing qualities that will enable him to help the district move through the difficult times ahead. "I think the learning curve for him will be short," she said.