Brown 'looking at' post

U.S. Rep. Henry Brown

Wade Spees

Retiring U.S. Rep. Henry Brown is eyeing the Berkeley County supervisor job, he acknowledged Wednesday.

"When I leave Washington in January, my reasons will be the travel," he said. Between Congress and the South Carolina Legislature, he's been on the road much of the past 26 years.

A Hanahan resident, he is a graduate of Berkeley High School and has good friends in the community, including Supervisor Dan Davis.

"You miss a lot of that connectivity with the people you grew up with. I'm looking at (the supervisor job). I think that might be a good option for me to come back home and make a positive impact on a lot of people," Brown said.

Davis is one of four people who have announced for the supervisor job, along with Hanahan Mayor Minnie Blackwell, Terry Hardesty, a Berkeley school board member, and Gene Woods, a flea market owner.

All are Republicans, and the race might well be decided with the June primary. The job pays $131,448 per year; Brown is now paid $174,000 per year.

Brown planned to talk with Davis over the weekend and make a decision by next week, he said. Davis, who plans to run for re-election, sighed Wednesday when told about Brown's comments.

"He's a friend of mine, so I'd be anxious to talk to him and see what he has to say. It certainly does change the (political) landscape a little bit," he said.

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