Originally created 12/31/06

Brown plans political future



Four months after he resigned as the interim District 4 Augusta commissioner, Keith Brown is running his business and planning his political future.

Mr. Brown, 45, was appointed by commissioners in May to fill the remainder of Richard Colclough's term after Mr. Colclough resigned to run for the Legislature.

But District 4 candidate Alvin Mason challenged Mr. Brown's eligibility, and the Richmond County Board of Elections ruled that he had not lived in Georgia the required two years to qualify to run for the seat. He resigned his seat Aug. 28.

Mr. Brown said he works every day in his business, First Impressions, a screen printing and embroidery business near Paine College.

He is a member of the Citizens Advisory Board for city government's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Department, which helps minority- and women-owned businesses secure city contracts.

"I have been working with that board for about three months," he said. "My family is doing well. My oldest daughter Danielle just celebrated her sweet 16 birthday."

As for his political future, he and his family plan to decide about that during the holidays.

"I enjoyed my time on the commission," he said. "I felt like I was in a position to help a lot of people. If I am able to help people, that's the position I'd like to be again. Whether it be District 4, maybe House of Representatives, maybe mayor, maybe senator. There are a lot of positions out there I think I might be able to do a good job in."

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylvia.cooper@augustachronicle.com.