Kansas Advancing Women has endorsed the following candidates with contested primary races on August 2, 2016:
Dinah is a full-time stay at home mom who also runs her own business as a personal chef. She is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with minors in finance and economics. Prior to having children, she worked in higher education as a development officer. Dinah has been active in her community and has a passion for serving others. She has served as PTA treasurer, PTA president, Alumni Board Member for her alma mater, and is a 2016 Alumni of Leadership Lenexa through the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce.
Dinah is running for office because she believes the people of Kansas deserve representatives who listen to them and respect them. She hopes to work to protect the quality of life that has drawn many to Kansas and keep it as a place where the next generation will stay and raise their own families.
Leesa has been an Olathe resident for 11 years. She is a wife, mother, writer, cancer advocate and survivor, and is very active in the community. Her kids are in the Olathe school district – a 7th grader at Santa Fe Trail and a senior at Olathe Northwest. Leesa believes in stepping forward to fight for what is right, helping others to understand important issues, and assisting others in pursuing opportunities to excel.
Leesa believes Kansas needs leaders committed to doing what is best for the people of their district – not special interest groups or personal agendas. Leesa will bring a fresh perspective to Topeka and work passionately to improve the future for all Kansans and to be a representative who is present – not only during session or election years. She promises to be accessible all year long.
Leesa’s vision for Kansas is one that will have a vibrant economy where every Kansan thrives and is able to reach their desired potential, where the children who grow up in Kansas will want to stay in Kansas.
Kim is a 3rd grade teacher at Madison Place Elementary school. She has been teaching for thirteen years, with almost twelve years in the Olathe school district. Kim currently serves on her school’s Building Leadership Team and Site Council, and she has also served on the Olathe district Leadership Academy, Administrative Development Series, and the Olathe District Citizens Academy.
Kim’s previous work experience includes Director of the Goddard School-Olathe; Economic Development for the Northwest Arctic Borough-Kotzebue, Alaska; and Legislative Assistant to the Senate President of Kansas. Kim earned a BA in Political Science from Washburn University, BS in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University, and two masters, Curriculum and Instruction and School Leadership, both from Emporia State University.
Kim and her family have lived in Olathe’s 15th district since 1999. Her husband, Ron, teaches mathematics at Johnson County Community College. Their two daughters, Grace and Sophia, both attend Olathe North High School.
Dorothy has lived and worked in Northeast Johnson County more than 10 years. After growing up in McPherson, Kansas, she earned a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC).
With a background in business and a doctorate in Communication Studies, Joy is uniquely qualified to represent District 28 and lead the charge to put Kansas back on the right track. Joy and her husband Stewart founded KHC Wealth Management, a successful fee-only financial planning firm, in 1996. Since obtaining her doctorate in Communication Studies, Joy has served on the faculty at Washburn University and the KU Medical Center. She currently teaches at the University of Kansas and Johnson County Community College.
As a founding member of the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition, Joy has long served as an advocate for individuals and families who are challenged with mental health and addiction disorders. She currently serves on the board of Jackson County CASA. After residing in Overland Park for twenty years, Joy and Stewart now reside in Leawood, Kansas. They have two grown daughters, Leah and Natalie, and two grandchildren.
Kathy is from Kansas City, Kansas, where she has worked as the Business Director at the University of Kansas Hospital for the past 10 years. In her community, Kathy serves as Chairman of the Board for the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, as well as the board of Wyandot Center Community Mental Center. She was recently appointed to the Healthy Communities Wyandotte Board.
Mitra is running for the Kansas House of Representatives in District 38 (De Soto, Gardner, Basehor, Bonner Springs, Linwood, and Tonganoxie.) Mitra moved to Kansas when she attended the University of Kansas and permanently located to De Soto in 1993. She has been married to her husband, Roger, an attorney with the law firm of Payne and Jones for 24 years and have 2 children attending the University of Kansas.
Mitra was elected for 2 terms to the De Soto City Council and served 8 years as an appointed board member on the Johnson County Library Board. Her experiences in public service have helped shape her beliefs and confirm her decision to run for the Kansas House. Libraries are similar to public education in that they provide services to better every citizen regardless of their race or economic status, creating a better educated and enlightened population. The lack of funding and creative accounting used to discredit increased funding to Public Education led to Mitra desiring to make a change in Topeka. Current representation is no longer listening to the people of District 38 and change is needed. Mitra has been able to work with a variety of people and beliefs to find solutions benefiting many people and she will do the same in Topeka.