A Voice for the Voiceless

I am a 48 year old single mother to a now adult son with cerebral palsy whose name is Anthony. I also have a son I gave up for adoption named Aaron. I was born in Baileyville Kansas, and later graduated from Topeka High School. I have also spent time living in Lawrence, Great Bend, Seneca and Kansas City Kansas.

I was a founding member of the Washburn ABWA student chapter and served on the campus ministry board as student representative as well as tech assistant. I served as the chair of the bible study afternoon group – Deborah – at First Lutheran Church here in Topeka Ks. I have been the CEO and owner of Wildheart Social Media, a company dedicated to social media consulting. Before then, I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant. I have also served several community roles, such as a community outreach person for the Aaron Douglas Art Fair for two years then this year was promoted to PR director. I am the state committee woman for the Kansas Democratic Party Disability Caucus. I am an active member of the Capital Area Federation of Democratic Women where I hold the position of communications chair. I have volunteered for Our Revolution Kansas and Topeka Indivisible. I am also on the publicity committee for the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women. I co-admin the disability caucus Facebook page, the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women Facebook page and the Topeka Area Democratic Women Facebook page.

In 2017 I took a huge leap and ran for city council district 9. I did not win but I held my own against my two male challengers.

Due to my involvement in the disability caucus I have been able to have access to resources the disabled in Kansans in my district and Kansans statewide need to know about. I am able to have access to resources that women in my district and statewide need to know. I also represent the population that is directly impacted by the policies passed in the statehouse – minorities, the working poor and low income

In my term as senator I plan to work on overhauling how the Home and Community Based Services waiver program is run. I will work to help victims and survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence get the legislation they need to help them. I will work to make sure disabled Kansans in my district and statewide receive equal pay for the same work their able bodied counterparts get. This list is not exhaustive, however a starting point for those who can’t readily speak for themselves.

"Ad Aspera Per Aspera" To the stars through difficulties. This is the motto of the great state of Kansas. If anyone knows difficulty and rising above to reach the stars it is Joe Cheray. She has risen above so many obstacles. Her determination will make her a great asset in the statehouse.

Issues I Will Work On In The Statehouse.

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