Meet Tim Lewis
Businessman – Educator – Veteran – Servant Leader
Tim is a "new leader with a new vision" for the Dorchester County. Tim is running to be your voice for justice, fairness, and transparency for our families, neighbors, and communities — for people like you and me. Tim will focus on the shared benefits of economic development and growth, education, jobs, public safety and crime prevention, infrastructure, affordable housing, and seniors and veterans’ services in our county.
We know that new leadership is needed in Dorchester County — leaders who will always put the people of our county first. From the most successful to the most challenged communities, Tim will amplify and uplift your voices in the county’s decision-making process. As a businessman, educator, veteran, and servant leader, Tim offers models of public-private-community partnerships that form a vision for prosperous, safe, fair, and innovative neighborhoods, communities, and cities. Tim is running for County Council so together, we will build more transparent, equitable, accessible, and interconnected communities.
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My roots in this community are deep. Many of you know me as a neighbor. It is that sense of "neighborliness" that I want to restore to the political arena.
Tim roots are in this community are deep. Dorchester County is his home, and he can trace his family (direct descendant) ancestry in Dorchester County since 1829. His parents and grandparents instilled in him the importance of faith, education, public service, and a solid work ethic. Tim excelled academically and athletically at Harleyville-Ridgeville (H-R) High School. While at H-R, Tim served as Student Council President, Senior Class President, Captain and MVP of the football team, and lettered in both Football and Basketball. During desegregation in the turbulent 1970s, Tim was known as a voice of reason and inspiration by his classmates regardless of race. He has always called Harleyville home because of the respect, love, and admiration he received from his family, friends, and classmates.
Tim accepted a Naval ROTC scholarship at the University of South Carolina where he graduated with a BA in Journalism and Public Relations. Tim received his Master of Education degree from American Intercontinental University in Illinois. He was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Marine Corps and stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. After his Honorable Discharge from the Marines, Tim moved to Charlotte, NC where he prospered in business, industry, and education holding positions as Regional Training Director, owner of a video production company, a painting contracting company, Dean at a Technical College in upstate SC, and president of a community development corporation specializing in creating affordable and senior living housing in Charlotte, NC.
After returning to Harleyville to become the caregiver for his brother with terminal cancer. “After my brother passed and in the period of self-reflection, I realized that Upper Dorchester is rapidly changing, but most working-class citizens have been left out of the decisions being made all around us. I felt “if you want to see a change, we must be the change.” So, I decided to run for County Council in 2018 as Democrat. I may not have won that race, but with absolutely no pollical experience, I won the 47% of the hearts and minds of the people in the district.
He has two awesome children – Marquita who has a Ph.D. in Public Health and Timothy William who is a civil engineer and construction manager.
Since 2018, Tim has:
Led the effort to stop a sand mine from location 50 feet from Harleyville-Ridgeville Elementary and Middle School
Elected Vice President of the Dorchester Cemetery Association
Graduated the Jim Clyburn Fellowship program
Appointed to Board of Dorchester Seniors, Inc.
Organized the Annual Health Fair for the Upper Dorchester County Ministerial Association
Elected Chair of the Dorchester Democratic Party
Graduate Summerville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class
Appointed to Mayor Tecklenburg Commission on Homelessness