Cowley County Democrats is host to Usha Reddi, candidate for U.S. Senate, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Community Council Room at Winfield City Hall, 200 E. Ninth Ave.

Everyone is welcome.

Reddi has been a city commissioner since 2013 and is current mayor of Manhattan.

As a public servant, her top priorities are economic development, mental health and quality of life initiatives for Manhattan’s residents. A few of her proudest accomplishments are working closely with partners to ensure that National Bio and Agro-defense Facility is successfully integrated into the greater community and signing the city’s non-discrimination act after expanding it to apply to sexual orientation and gender identity. Reddi also led Manhattan in collaborating with Pawnee Mental Health Service to establish a Crisis Stabilization Center to serve short-term needs for mental health and substance abuse counseling that is closer to home and less restrictive than a state mental hospital.

Reddi’s family immigrated to the U.S. from India when she was 8 years old, and she and her two brothers were raised in Columbus, Ohio.

She has a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio State University in Developmental Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University.

She has lived in Kansas for 27 years and since 2005 has been an elementary school teacher in Ogden, where she was honored in 2011 as the district’s Teacher of the Year.

Reddi is looking forward to meeting voters and welcomes the opportunity to meet with any press present.

She will also hold a meet and greet from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Big Cheese Pizza, 308 N. Walnut, in Independence.

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