Great public schools create a better future for our children, increase the resale values of our homes, and help our local economy by attracting businesses and families. As we recover from the financial losses of the pandemic, we must protect funding for this vital investment in our future.
Many people in our community are one illness away from life-changing financial hardship. In addition to expanding Medicaid, we must work collaboratively to increase coverage and lower healthcare costs for all Kansans.
Being elected to public office is an honor and privilege, and it comes with a responsibility to listen to constituents and provide clear communication. If elected, I will listen to different viewpoints and make decisions based on evidence, not political pressure.
I ran for office for the first time in 2018. It was a decision I made with the support of my family and friends and with the encouragement of many. It was based on the need to be represented by someone who listened to constituents and understood the priorities of the people I see around my neighborhood, in our schools, and throughout our community.
While we did not pull off a victory, we were successful in many ways. We had engaging conversations with people throughout our community, regardless of political party. We gave people hope in the political system, activated young people and increased voter turnout. We realized that we had many more similarities than differences. Because of the connections I made with the help of my team, our campaign was able to come within 175 votes as a first time candidate.
The 2019 legislative session made some strides in the right direction for a better Kansas, but there is still much work to do. Funding for public schools needs to be protected from attack by partisan extremists. As a Realtor, I understand the return on investment that our schools provide to our community.
Rising healthcare costs are also a top concern, particularly for those who are self-employed, working in the service industry, or own a small business. We need to work collaboratively with our federal government to rein in healthcare costs and drug prices. Medicaid expansion will save lives and bring our federal tax dollars back to Kansas.
Solutions to all of the difficult problems we face will require elected officials to consider differing viewpoints and support legislation based on evidence, not partisan politics. Our district would benefit from and deserves a representative who will listen to the concerns of the people, think critically, and enact pragmatic solutions. I know I can be that representative.
Our campaign came too close in 2018 to call it quits, so with the support of my family and campaign team, we have decided to give it another run for 2020! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me, and for your shared dedication and love for our state of Kansas.
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My parents chose to raise my 4 siblings and me right here Johnson County because of the sense of community and educational opportunities. 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, only briefly before realizing there really is “no place like home,” which brought me back to Kansas. I married my best friend, J.T., and we have two amazing kids, Ada and Evan, and two pups, Mattie and Maisie. My parents showed 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. Throughout my career as a small business owner and Realtor, I’ve honed the skills to negotiate effectively, work with a variety of personalities, and find “win-win” solutions to very challenging problems. I would like to bring these strengths to Topeka as your Representative.