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Brown enters state rep race

SOUTH HAVEN – Former business owner, educator and school board member Annie Brown announced Monday. Jan. 3, that she is running for state representative in West Michigan’s new 38th House District.
“I’m running for state representative because small businesses, small towns, and farmers need a fighter in Lansing who will make sure their voices are heard. I’ll be a strong advocate for clean drinking water, better jobs and better wages,” Brown said.
Brown lives in South Haven where she and her husband raised three children. She taught pre-school and served on the South Haven Board of Education for 13 years. Annie and her husband, Jeff Filbrandt, owned the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home for 20 years.
“I grew up in a small town in northern Michigan,” she said. “My first job was cleaning Lois’s Beauty Salon. My parents taught me at an early age that any job worth doing is a job worth doing well. I’ve worked hard all my life and I’ll keep working hard for families of the Lakeshore District when I’m in Lansing.”
Most recently, Brown worked for three years as the West Michigan regional coordinator for United States Senator Gary Peters. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Senior Services of Van Buren County and United Christian Services of Van Buren County.
“I am passionate about meeting the needs of our senior citizens who have been isolated during COVID-19. In addition to being a fighter for senior citizens, I’ve been an outspoken advocate for affordable housing in southwest Michigan. I’ll continue that advocacy when I’m working in Lansing.”

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