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About Lynn Afendoulis


Lynn is a devoted lifetime resident, an accomplished businessperson and an engaged community leader. She's a mother who wants her children to have opportunities to build fulfilling lives in a state that has planned well for the future by successfully educating its youth and ensuring its workforce is prepared for gainful employment, by providing and maintaining a strong infrastructure, and by nurturing healthy, safe communities. 

Lynn is passionate about well-informed debate and decision-making and knows that people can disagree with respect and achieve great things despite different philosophies and beliefs.

Lynn is a creative thinker who is open to doing things in new and innovative ways. When something needs doing, she jumps in and sees that it gets done--and done right. At work. At home. In her community.

While Lynn has never run for public office before, her experiences and career have prepared her well to represent the people of Michigan’s 73rd District:

As a journalist, she sharpened her listening, investigative and communication skills. Lynn began her career as a reporter for The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press and The Tampa  (Fla.) Tribune.
As a businessperson, Lynn gained an understanding of what it takes to create success, and of the needs and issues of hard-working people, from plant floors to corporate offices. Lynn has worked for small firms and large corporations. For the last 25 years, she has worked 
for Universal Forest Products, Inc. in various capacities, including Director of Corporate Communication for the past 15 years. 

As an engaged community leader, she has gained a broad perspective. Lynn has served on the boards of the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation (which supports Grand Rapids Public Schools and which she chaired for many years), Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth (Boys and Girls Club), Opera Grand Rapids, her church parish counsil, Circle Theater and Legacy Trust. She currently sits on the boards of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. She was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to two terms on the State Transportation Commission and was its vice chair, resigning to run for office.

As a devoted third-generation resident, she hopes her children choose to call Michigan home because it's a vibrant state and a hub of opportunity for all. Lynn’s father was a small businessman and restaurateur; her mother was an elementary school teacher (and was Michigan Teacher of the Year, 1990-91).

Lynn has lived in Grand Rapids and its surrounding communities most of her life, and is a resident of Grand Rapids Township. She has two children: a daughter in college and a son who is a senior in high school. 


Committee to Elect Lynn Afendoulis | 3333 Falcon Bluff Court NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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