Maplewood TC Member Brownlee on His Decision to Not Seek Re-Election

by The Village Green
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Two-term Maplewood Township Committeeman Marlon K. Brownlee recently announced he would not seek a third term in November, meaning he will serve throughout the end of the year.

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The Village Green asked Brownlee what was behind his decision not to toss his hat in the ring a third time. Here is his response:

One of my favorite quotes is from former congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who said that “service is the rent that we pay for the privilege of living here on this earth”. I have put that principle into practice over the years as I have volunteered in our community as PTA president, president of the PTA Presidents Council, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Community Coalition on Race, coach of boys and girls basketball teams, and in many other ways as well. I am honored to have been elected twice to the Maplewood Township Committee, and I have done my best to serve all of the residents of Maplewood during my time in office. I do not, however, plan to run for re-election as I am pursuing new business opportunities. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to those who have supported me, and to those who have expressed kind words about me and wished me well after hearing of my decision.

The Village Green would like to extends its thanks to Brownlee for his years of dedicated public service, and to wish him the best in the future.

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