I was born in Kansas, and moved to Ottawa nearly 50 years ago. I taught elementary music in public schools for 47 of those years. I’m now retired, but see that much work remains to be done. I’m running for Kansas Legislature because I care deeply about protecting our democracy, and about giving back to the community that has supported me and my family for so long.
I do not seek power, fame, money. None of that appeals to me. If that were true, I wouldn’t have been an elementary music teacher for 47 years. I did that job because I love music and I wanted to share and nurture that love of music with children.
I am a responsible gun owner and worked as a reserve police and fire officer here in Ottawa. I was a law enforcement officer as a park ranger at Pomona State Park. I was an EMT for most of my teaching career, helping out in emergency situations at a school with no school nurse.
I didn’t grow up here — I picked this city and county to work in once I graduated from college. I made a good choice and after almost 50 years of living here, it is truly home.