SummervilleNews.net was founded as a Facebook group of concerned citizens in 2018. The name it was originally founded as was the Dorchester County Watchdog group. A group of informed citizens were upset with the lack of local news coverage on what they thought were important issues happening on a local level. They felt that even the local news outlets weren’t reporting nor investigating some of the major stories and scandals happening in Summerville. The group now has over 2,500 members that are active each day chatting about the daily issues and happenings in and around Summerville. We hope this site can continue to serve Summerville as a resource residents can use to stay informed about what their local governments are doing since these issues affect residents the most on the local level. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to get the latest news each week or join the private Facebook group to join the conversation!
Meet The Team
CJ Westfall is a passionate politico who has served as a digital marketing consultant on campaigns from the School Board level to Congressional races and everything in between. Residing in Summerville with his two young sons Reagan and Jaxson, he is passionate about informing the Summerville community about the latest happenings in Town. CJ attended Roosevelt University in Chicago with a Political Science major.
Joel Bryant is an independent hip-hop artist and songwriter.
Bryant garnered an interest in the political scene in the early months of 2020. At the time, Bryant was attending Trident Technical College, working on a degree in marketing
In his free time, he studied The political atmosphere and worked alongside CJ on multiple school board campaigns, eventually working as a campaign manager.
Originally from upstate New York, Bryant has resided in Summerville since 2012 and graduated from Summerville High in 2017