Dr. Martin Luther King said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”. Over 65,000 residents in the 190th Legislative District have endured the kind of disappointment Dr. King spoke about all of those decades ago. But now, it is time to rebuild and experience the greatness that our infinite hope can provide. I’m Amen Brown and I’m running to be your Representative for the 190th District because our community deserves better. I need your vote because I am the candidate who understands our district and what it takes to do the job you need a state legislator to do. I’ve grown up part of our community and invested my entire life in it.
Like over 72.2% of families in our district, I was raised by a single mother. So, I am no stranger to the responsibilities that many of us live with everyday and the sacrifices that we overcome. I had to work by the time I was 11 to help feed my seven siblings, all while going to school graduating from our public school system. While not every child grew up like I did, my story is a similar story for many. Kids attending the schools I went to - Hamilton, Sayre, and Overbrook High School - need help. For many kids, school is the only place to get a full meal; and with resources lacking to get a quality education, our children need a State Representative who came from the same place and understands how to bring solutions.
But, as I said, my childhood was not usual. Growing up, my mother suffered with substance abuse and that forced me to become a man earlier than most. I became very familiar and comfortable with perseverance; and I decided never to allow myself or anyone else to feel stuck with disappointment again. So, in middle school, I joined “The Young Gentlemen’s Club” and connected with mentors who refined young boys into young men. It was there that I began to refine my understanding of integrity, accountability, and responsibility. It was the mentors I had in that program that made me the man I am today; and as your legislator, I will invest in programs that nurture our young people, because they deserve to have opportunities to better their outcomes.
As I grew older, I developed a deeper passion for community enrichment and helping others.
So after graduating from Overbrook High School, I successfully gained employment as a Coordinator for University of Pennsylvania Sayre Community School Beacon, which sparked a new passion - working with children. From there, I opened a daycare center to help single mothers like mine get to work and provide for their families. I also founded the Overbrook Beacon Community Empowerment Center not far from my alma mater to create programs on: gun violence prevention, financial literacy, drug prevention, after-school care, free technology, dance classes, and mental health awareness.
I have great passion for our community and I feel that a public servant should reinforce that emotion with action. My pride is shown by organizing events like street cleanups and beautification initiatives to preserve the dignity and honor our neighborhood deserves. One of my annual events, “Back to School: 1k Bookbag Giveaway”, provides free school bags filled with supplies to school-aged children. Also, I believe in keeping hope alive by celebrating our seasons and environment by providing free food baskets, home cooked meals, clothing and gifts to over 600 families during the holidays. With too many of our families living in poverty or suffering from byproducts like crime and undereducation, as your Representative, I will support funding for education and financial literacy programs. Understanding the power of a dollar and the significance of keeping money circulating within the community, I support economic development initiatives that support small business and increase job growth.
When I am your State Representative, I will also continue my passion for early childhood education, as well as, aggressively prioritize public safety. As a father and business owner, I not only want to ensure that our community grows for our children, I want to preserve and enhance our district for our seniors. I will fight to make sure that seniors have access to basic services that they need, as well as access to medication that they can afford. I am the only proven candidate who will go to Harrisburg ready to get to work for you. I will not disappoint because we will work hand-in-hand toward a better district and a better community. I cannot do this without you.
Vote Amen Brown for the 190th Legislative District.