Dover councilman Lewis to run for Kent County sheriff

Brian E. Lewis

DOVER — Dover City Councilman Brian E. Lewis announced his candidacy for Kent County sheriff in a news release Thursday night.

Mr. Lewis, a Democrat, filed for the Row Office position on June 1 at the Board of Elections, a day after incumbent Republican Jason Mollohan filed. A party primary is scheduled for Sept. 6, followed by the general election on Nov. 6.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I throw my hat in the ring to become the next Sheriff of Kent County,” Mr. Lewis said.

“I have dedicated my entire personal and professional life to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Being a Law Enforcement Officer and Dover City Councilman has provided me with a great opportunity to meet and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families from all walks of life in the City of Dover and across Delaware.”

If elected sheriff, Mr. Lewis would resign from Dover City Council.

Mr. Lewis is in his 13th year with the Delaware Department of Correction, currently serving as a trainer of Cadets at the Employee Development Center and providing refresher trainer for existing staff. He began as a correctional officer at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington and advanced through the ranks as a Corporal, Sergeant and Instructor, the news release stated.

Mr. Lewis was formerly a New Jersey Superior Court investigator and Metropolitan Police Department officer in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining City Council, Mr. Lewis served on the Board of Education for the Capital School District, including one year as Vice President. He served on the Dover Human Relations Commission and has been involved with assisting many non-profit organizations, including the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, Delaware Special Olympics, Dover Volunteer Fire Department, Dover Police Athletic League, the Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization, and the Kent County SPCA, according to the news release.

Mr. Lewis said he was recognized in 2013 by a former New York City Mayor for his assistance, support and humanitarian efforts during and after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and was the recipient of 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award and the 2014 Jefferson Award for Public Service.

If elected, Mr. Lewis said he would be “A Sheriff for the people.”

Also, he said, “As a community-oriented leader, my goals for the Sheriff’s Office are to proactively inform and educate Kent County’s Citizens of the processes and procedures related to Sheriff Sales, Foreclosures, Civil Fees, Subpoenas, Levies, and other Legal Notices.

“I would like to develop monthly public workshops for our community, enhance technology to improve customer service and streamline office practices, increase training for Sheriff’s Office employees, and improve the equipment/technology available to all deputies.

“I will be a ‘hands-on sheriff’ that promotes high standards, accountability, integrity and professionalism.

Other candidates

• Eugenia Thornton, a Republican, and Betty Lou McKenna, a Democrat, have filed their candidacies for the Recorder of Deeds Row Office spot.

Other Kent County filings for commissioner include:

Republican James Callaway and Democrat Terry Pepper for at-large, Democrat Jeffrey Hall and Republican Jim Hosfelt for the Second District, Republican Eric L. Buckson for the Fourth District, and Republican Glen Howell for the Sixth District.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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