David Lee Brewer, County Judge Candidate,
Speaks with the Magnolia Gazette
Pike County Attorney and Candidate for County Court Judge, David Lee Brewer stopped by the office. Brewer, a Pike County native, seeks election as Pike County Judge with 17 years experience as a prosecutor as well as a wealth of experience at every level of the judicial system throughout his 21 year practice.
County Courts hear misdemeanor criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits. They also hear appeals from Justice and Municipal courts, eminent domain cases and certain cases from Circuit and Chancery Court upon referral. Most notably, County Judges preside over their county’s Youth Court and hear habeas corpus matters requesting bond on felony criminal charges. Brewer is adamant that he will focus on the problem of violent crime - for which he indicates a zero-tolerance approach.
Brewer’s career has seen him serve: 11 years as McComb City Prosecutor, 14 years as Pike County Attorney, 17 as Pike County Youth Court Prosecutor and 1 year as Tylertown City, Walthall County and Walthall Youth Court Prosecutors. During that time, Brewer has prosecuted over 6,500 youth delinquency cases, over 5,000 cases involving child abuse/neglect and has been primarily responsible for tens of thousands of criminal cases. In addition to his prosecutorial duties, Brewer has 17 years of private practice, during which he has represented over 800 personal clients in cases before judge or jury. Most notably, Brewer has handled a total of over 13,000 cases in the County Court over his 17 year tenure as County Prosecutor.
The son of former North Pike Principal, the late Roy Brewer and Ganeath Brewer Daniel, a career educator, Brewer explains he “is the first attorney in his family and comes from a long line of farmers, preachers and teachers.” His local roots predate Mississippi’s statehood and he explains, “For over 2 centuries, my family as fed the bellies, nourished the spirits and educated the minds of southwest MS and my goal is to offer Pike County’s citizens justice and peace of mind.”
Brewer attended North Pike Public Schools and graduated from McComb High School in 1989. He earned his BS in Behavioral Science (Human Factors Engineering Track) at the United States Air Force Academy and a Masters of Social Science (with focus on psychology and sociology) from the University of MS Graduate School. He explains he is the only candidate with a masters degree and that his undergraduate and graduate level education in psychology and sociology provide a background in addiction study that will foster an improved youth drug court as well as in rendering dispositions on children found to be delinquent.
Brewer received his Juris Doctor (law degree) from the University of MS and notes that his entire educational experience was deliberately tailored to foster an understanding of individuals and the law so that upon election as County Judge, he can offer firm but fair justice, efficient resolution of cases, a courteous court staff and restitution to victims of crime. He further intimates “as a former Nuclear Missile Launch Officer in the US Air Force and the only veteran on the ballot, my past command experience uniquely qualifies me to make difficult or politically sensitive decisions from which other judges may flee by way of recusal.”
Brewer and his wife of 17 years, Deidre are members of the First Baptist Church of Summit. He is a Mason, admitted to the MENSA high IQ society, a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, contributes to the treatment of child burn victims as a Shriner and enjoys spending most of his spare time farming and hunting. He downplays elitism and explains he is “just a common man, but the common sense choice for County Judge.”
The election will be held November 8, 2022, and is the first contested County Court race in over a decade.