Annie Brown of South Haven challenges for 66th District House seat

SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- South Haven Haven school board member Annie Brown plans to run again for the 66th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

"I've been listening to families from Parchment to Paw Paw for two years," Brown said in a press release. "Voters are ready for strong leadership in Lansing. They want legislators who get along and get to work."

Brown, who ran unsuccessfully against Rep. Aric Nesbitt in 2014, planned to kick off her campaign Thursday by making nine stops across Michigan's 66th House District and saying her campaign priorities include jobs, education and fixing Michigan's roads and bridges. Nesbitt is term-limited and cannot run again in 2016.

The 66th District includes all of Van Buren County, the city of Parchment and Alamo and Cooper townships in Kalamazoo County.

"We're paying our legislators to get the work done, yet we still don't have a plan to repair our roads," Brown said. "When the roads are repaired, we want the work done by Michigan companies. Michigan jobs should go to Michigan businesses."

Brown has been a resident of Van Buren County for nearly 30 years. She and her husband, Jeff Filbrandt, co-own the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. They have three children.

This article was written by Al Jones and was originally published in the Kalamazoo Gazette.