Former mayor, alderman seeking another term on Landis board

LANDIS — Former Landis Mayor and now alderman, Dennis Brown, is seeking four more years in office, he says to finish projects the board started. Brown, 58, who is seeking re-election to the board of alderman, is finishing out current Mayor James Furr’s term.

Brown was unseated in a roller coaster of a mayoral race with Furr, who eventually won by two votes. At the end of the 2011 campaign, the two were tied, each with 195 votes. The votes were recounted bringing Brown up by one vote and following a hand count the two were tied once again. The tie was broken when provisional ballots were counted days after the election.

Brown served as mayor from 2008 to 2012 and was previously on the board as an alderman from 1993 to 2004, two of those years were as mayor pro tem.

“I wanted to run again to see the projects that the board has started in the past few years are finished and the new projects that are in the planning stages now are started,” Brown said.

He said the board has made some great strides in the past four years on making “the quality of life in Landis better in many ways.”

He pointed out the upgrades to the water/sewer system, the Lake Corriher Wilderness Area, the historic passive park, which is currently in its first phase of development; also plans for the Landis Community Center and the ultimate goal of having a greenway.

“The citizens of Landis deserve these new things and I want to make sure that they get them and more,” Brown said.

Brown has said a focus on recreation was a focus in the right direction. He has been supportive of the passive park and the wilderness area. He’s also been a proponent of the town providing residents with a well rounded quality of life in the area of outdoor recreational opportunities.

He is a captain with the Kannapolis Fire Department and an assistant chief with the Landis Fire Department.

Brown is a member of First Reformed Church in Landis. He and his wife, Karen, live in Landis and have three children — Travis, Katelin and Tyler Brown.

Brown is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and has a degree in economics. He is one of four people running for two aldermen seats. Newcomer Dorland Abernathy is looking to fill one of those seats along with incumbent Craig Sloop and Tony Corriher, who has previously served on the board.

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