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What office are you running for?
Kansas State Senate 37
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
My youngest son experienced numerous medical crisis during his first year of life. At twelve months, the Doctors told us “if he survives, he will be wheelchair bound.” Yet, we just moved our now almost 19 year old into a group home with semi-independent living. What changed? What got him out of the wheelchair and speaking? Advocacy, access to affordable healthcare, and education.
Very early on in the process, my husband and I decided I needed to be his full time advocate. Our son needed me to use my research, logic, advocacy, tough decision making skills to obtain the services he required. The hard work paid off as he speaks intelligibly and walks with crutches.
Summer 2019, one of our Kansas family friends’ son experienced a mental health crisis including threats of self-harm. They did not have insurance. It took them months to convince the state to provide him an emergency Medicaid waiver so he could receive in-patient support. As a Mother, I can only imagine the concern she experienced every morning as she entered her son’s room not knowing what she might find, for months.
Veto Session 2019, Medicaid Expansion passed the State House. The State Senate Committee voted to move the bill to the Senate floor where it would have passed as 70% of Kansans want Medicaid Expansion. The current incumbent refused to vote to move the bill out of committee. The bill failed to move by ONE vote, hers.
This was the moment I decided I needed to run for her seat to advocate for the residents of Senate District 37.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
To date, Kansas left 3.8 billion dollars on the table by not accepting Medicaid Expansion. These are Kansans tax dollars we already paid to the Federal Government.
150,000 Kansans would benefit from expanding Medicaid. Without access to affordable healthcare, my son would still be mute in a wheelchair.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
Come out of our corners, talk to each other, listen to each other, have lunch, focus on our commonalities, and find compromise.
Who is your hero?
Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, and Mahatma Ghandi
What are your hobbies?
camping, crocheting, hiking
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
2 young adult sons (23 and 18 years old), 2 cats, no talking houseplants
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