Diana Brewer has announced her candidacy for re-election to Place 3 on the Fairhope City Council. A resident of Fairhope for 30 years, Brewer is currently serving her first term on the council.
Brewer has spent more than 25 years as a communications, public relations and marketing professional. She is the Marketing Director for GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico.
Brewer served as the Public Relations and Marketing Director for Thomas Hospital for 17 years. She also served as the marketing director for the Mobile Symphony, and as the executive director of the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (FEEF), after serving eight years as a volunteer FEEF board member.
Her community volunteer work includes the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival Committee, the founding committee of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership program, and the Fairhope Center for the Performing Arts.
“My professional background and my community involvement prior to serving on the council have given me a unique and well-rounded perspective—a perspective that has helped guide my decisions, my efforts and where I put my energy,” Brewer said. “I am very proud of what we, as a council, have accomplished in four years, starting with creating an environment of respect, good communication and compromise.”
Brewer lists the following as what she considers the top accomplishments of the last four years:
· Purchase of the 108-acre Dyas property, also known as the “triangle property”
· Significant debt reduction
· Academic audit of the five Fairhope schools (with a final recommendation to the council set for June 27)
· Contributions to the five Fairhope schools of over $1 million
· Near-completion of the Fairhope Soccer Complex
· The redesign and rebuild of Fairhopers Community Park, including all new playground equipment and splash pad
· Approval of the tennis complex expansion, including six new hydrocourts
· Approval of an engineering study of Volanta Park (to maximize the footprint for youth sports)
· Support of local arts organizations, including Fairhope Film Festival, Eastern Shore Art Center and Eastern Shore Repertory Theater
· Revitalization of city committees and boards
· Approval of new playground equipment and picnic tables for beachfront park
· Improvement of traffic flow, sidewalks and parking on Fairhope Avenue to create greater walkability
· Paving and sidewalk projects city-wide
“One exciting project that is just getting off the ground is the feasibility study for a performing arts center,” Brewer said. “Over the past 20-plus years, several groups of great people in this community have rallied around the idea of a performing arts center, but for various reasons it never got the traction it needed. We are finalizing now a RFP (request for proposals) for a study to determine the market potential for a performing arts center in Fairhope, the program considerations, the operations and the funding. To get answers to these questions means we could finally see this project come to light. I would love nothing more than to gather all those who have been involved in this effort in the past, and put them together with a whole new crop of people and make this happen. It would be an amazing addition to Fairhope’s already rich arts community.”
Brewer said she would continue to support Fairhope’s commitment to its public schools, and would work tirelessly to get Fairhope’s schools ranked in the top 10 school systems in Alabama.
“I would also continue to support one of the most fundamental functions of local government — public safety — and make sure our police and fire departments have what they need to keep us safe,” Brewer said.
Brewer currently serves on the Fairhope Public Library Board, the Education Advisory Committee, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee and the Fairhope Recreation Board.
A native of Mobile, Brewer is a graduate of the University of South Alabama. She and her husband, Sonny Brewer, have three children.
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