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I have served Kansas families in the non-profit, private, and public sectors during my career.

However, my journey into public service was not easy. I overcame poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, and cancer as a single mother. These experiences made me a stronger community advocate.

After graduating from Wichita State University, I taught financial literacy, built homes with Habitat for Humanity, and participated in the Capital District Group that revitalized downtown Topeka. I served as chief financial officer and executive director of two non-profit organizations, and successfully ran state-wide supplier diversity and diversity and inclusion programs for a Fortune 500 public utility.

I was elected to the Topeka City Council in 2013, and Mayor of Topeka in 2017. As mayor, I’ve focused on economic development, equity, and infrastructure improvements. In 2020, I ran for U.S. Congress as the Democratic Candidate in KS-02 while serving on Shawnee County’s Covid-19 emergency management team.

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