SHAMOKIN — Denise Brown has announced her candidacy for Shamokin City Council.

Brown was born and raised in Helfenstein. She is a graduate of Shamokin Area High School and has been employed by the district since 2002 as a paraprofessional. She works with seventh- and eighth-grade emotional/behavioral and learning support students.

Married for 26 years to Shamokin Mayor John Brown, she has three children, Dallas, Jack and Scarlett. They attend Mother Cabrini Church.

She has served as president of the AFSCME Local 2434, of which she is still a member, as well as a Republican committeewoman, and serves as judge of elections for the Second Ward. She is a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Board.

“I was one of the originators of the annual Easter egg hunt, which was a huge success for our children. I volunteered at the city’s free swims and the free lunch program, which benefited hundreds of our youth. I assisted with the Memorial Day flowers in the planters and at City Hall,” Brown said in a statement. “I have volunteered for years to collect along the highway for the fireworks with Citizens for a Better Community (CBC). I have had the pleasure, since its beginning, to hand out candy on Halloween at Claude Kehler Community Park to hundreds of children.”

Brown said she is a part of Anthracite Region for Progress (ARP) since its recent beginning in the city and supported the Salvation Army by volunteering with its bell-ringing campaign.

She spearheaded the Bright Spot in Shamokin flower campaign in the spring and fall of 2018, which honored residents, and the Holiday House Contest, acknowledging 70 homes with awarding three top prizes.

“This past year I have, under my husband’s guidance, seen Shamokin change for the good. The positive outlook and pride we encourage and support is returning to the city,” she said. “With Councilman Dan McGaw’s decision to not seek a second term, I have decided it’s time for me to step forward. I will continue the events that have been started and believe it will give me a better ability to support our youth and start new ideas to move forward.”

She added, “Thank you for considering me for Shamokin City Council.”

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