Dennis Brewer, the former president of the Livingston County Bar Association, has announced his candidacy for an open seat on the 44th Circuit Court in Livingston County, and he’s already secured the endorsement of the county’s top elected officials.
The seat is currently held by Livingston County 53rd District Court Judge Carol Sue Reader, who is prohibited from running again due to age restrictions. Following the 2018 election, the judicial seat will move from the 53rd District Court to the 44th Circuit Court.
Brewer is the first candidate to announce his candidacy for the seat, and the county’s top elected officials are lining up behind him. Brewer has already earned the endorsement of the county’s two state representatives, Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton Township and Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township.
In addition to Theis and Vaupel, Brewer’s list of early endorsements also includes Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy; Livingston County Commissioner and former Sheriff Bob Bezotte; Livingston County Register of Deeds Brandon Denby; and Livingston County Undersheriff Jeff Warder.
“I’m honored that so many of these public officials feel I have the qualities that would make me a fair and effective judge,” Brewer said. “It’s humbling to see the trust they have in me. I look forward to making the case to voters throughout Livingston County that I’m the right person for this position.”
Brewer ran for a seat on the 53rd District Court in 2014, waging a close race against incumbent Judge Theresa Brennan.
“I think we’ve seen very clearly that our judges need to have not only an outstanding legal background, but also the temperament, character and integrity for the job,” Brewer said. “I feel I possess all of the qualities that a judge needs.”
Brewer, a Hartland Township resident, has been in private practice in Brighton for the past 19 years. He graduated Cum Laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and began his legal career as a clerk for 53rd District Court Judge Frank Del Vero. From 2007-2008, he served as president of the Livingston County Bar Association. He served on the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly until he was term-limited. Brewer is a trial-tested attorney with experience in all areas of practice.
Brewer and his wife, Melanie, have three sons, Caleb, Drew and Preston. Brewer also has an extensive record of service to the community. He currently serves as the President of the Hartland Area Youth Athletic Association (HAYAA), and serves on the school board at Light of the World Academy in Pinckney.
He coaches his sons in basketball, baseball and flag football. The Brewer family attends Venture Church in Hartland.