City: Airway Heights, WA
Education: Graduated from the College of West Africa in 1976. Earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Liberia and a master’s of accounting from the University of Phoenix.
Political experience: Browne has served on the Cheney School Board since he was appointed in December 2012. He was elected to his seat in 2015 and served as president of the board from 2015 to 2018.
Work experience: Has worked for the Washington State Department of Corrections for more than 15 years at Airway Heights Corrections Center, most recently as the prison’s business manager. Browne is also an assistant pastor and an adjunct instructor at Park University at Fairchild Air Force Base.
Family: Married to Al-Satta Browne. They have three grown children and three children at home. Two children attend schools in Cheney.
His pitch: Browne said he has a proven record of service with almost seven years as a school board member under his belt. He also served as president when the board passed a bond for an elementary school and high school expansion. He sees the need for more schools in the district and worked on the purchase agreement to build an elementary school in Airway Heights. He said he is proud of the fact the school district did not have to lay off any teachers before the school year.
His words: “Just look at my record. I’m prepared to continue to do what I can do advance and improve our district.”
More about Henry C. Browne Jr.
Henry Browne is an incumbent Cheney school board member and a Liberian refugee. His opponent, Patrick Rushing, is the former mayor of Airway Heights who recently resigned his position after posting racist comments on Facebook.