Constituents are best represented when they are heard. Legislators in Kansas can achieve this by continuously engaging with the public through conversations, town halls, and active listening. As your Representative, I will eagerly hear your ideas, critiques, and recommendations. We are a community, and can only thrive when we all work together.
Our children, families, and communities should come first. This is what attracts people to Johnson County. Funding for K-12, KDOT, KPERS and Public Safety have been substantially cut by Governor Brownback due to an unbalanced budget. Now that his disastrous tax policy has been overturned we can begin to rebuild and invest back in our people and community.
Pragmatic decision-making and collaborative efforts are how we come to commonsense solutions. When party loyalty or ideology outweigh reason and objectivity, we fail to accomplish what’s best for our great state of Kansas. I will work across party lines to resolve challenges facing our state, while still holding on to my Democratic principles.
This past year I’ve been on a journey. The political rhetoric voiced at the national level and its destructive consequences made it clear to me I needed to engage more in our local government. I attended political gatherings, city council meetings, town halls, house floor proceedings and became a precinct volunteer. I met dedicated people across our community and in the KS legislature. I was on a mission to educate myself and others, including finding future candidates to support. Eventually, my mission transformed.
If I want to be represented by an “everyday” person, someone who wants to listen to and represent the people I see around my neighborhood, in our schools, and around our community, maybe it was time for me to become that representation.
On June 14th, 2017, with my family by my side, I filed to run in the 2018 race for Kansas State House Representative, District 14. Among family and friends, I held my campaign kickoff. I shared my findings within our community, which included the need for more elected officials who are listening to their constituents, wanting to invest back into our communities, and are focusing on collaborative, sensible leadership.
I love taking on a challenge and have the tenacity to get work done. My clients in real estate will attest that I value others’ time and resources, and negotiate in a win-win manner. These characteristics will be my asset in Topeka.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me, and for your shared dedication and love for the Great State of Kansas!
Kansas Bioscience Park & K-State Olathe, Three Hotels, Two Health Clubs & A Rec Center, One 18-hole Golf Course, a 9-hole course & a Par 3, Several Shopping/Eating Spots, Two Grocery Stores, A Winery, and the New Lenexa City Center!
Currently in the construction phase of Lenexa Hills Elementary that will be located at 87th Pkwy and Haven St.
The NE part of District 14 (Lenexa) feeds into the Shawnee Mission School District: Sunflower Elementary, Westridge MS, SM West HS. The NW section of District 14 (Lenexa) feeds into the DeSoto School District: Horizon Elementary, Mill Creek MS, De Soto HS
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My parents, John and Linda, raised my four siblings and me right here in Johnson County. I attended public schools from kindergarten through college -- first in the Shawnee Mission School District, and then earning my bachelor’s degree in Business Communications at the University of Kansas School of Journalism. I moved to Denver, Colorado, for a brief stint before quickly realizing there really is “no place like home." I moved back to Kansas. In 2007 I married my best friend, J.T. We have two amazing kids, Ada and Evan, and two pups, Mattie and Maisie. My parents instilled in me that hard work and dedication are the keys to success, and I try to teach my children the same. That mindset led me to active involvement in our community and advocacy on behalf of our cherished Kansas neighborhoods. I’m a small business owner and a Realtor with Keller Williams. Through my career and in my experience as a businesswoman, I’ve honed the skills to negotiate effectively, to work with all personalities, and how to find “win-win” solutions to the most challenging of problems. I’m running for House District 14 to represent you, the people of Kansas, as a true public servant.