Joan was born in Paola, Kansas the daughter of a school teacher and a farmer/rural mail carrier. She attended school in Paola and went on to the University of Kansas where she graduated with a B.S. in Food and Nutrition. During her professional career as a Registered Dietician, she worked for several decades in hospitals and long-term care facilities. She has now retired is an enthusiastic member of Missouri Women’s Leadership Coalition, American Association of University Women, Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus and the Cass County Women’s Democratic Club.
As a 37 year resident of HD#57, she and her husband live on a farm in Cass County. They enjoy the outdoors, wildlife, fishing and occasional travel. Her district includes all of Henry County and portions of Benton, Bates and Cass Counties. A mainly rural area, the district is made up of farms, towns and villages, Ozark woods and the Lakes Country.
Joan is running to be your Representative in HD#57 because she is worried about education and our children’s future, about our family farms that depend on expanded foreign markets to buy their crops. She's running for the creation of jobs that pay enough to raise a healthy family. She's running to demand expansions of Medicaid to help our state maintain our rural hospitals. She's running because we must increase the minimum wage to a living wage and we must provide equal opportunity for all, passing laws to guarantee equal pay for equal work, closing the gender pay gap.
Our beautiful state of Missouri is filled with history and plentiful resources. Most important, our Missouri is filled with people who help their neighbors, people who care. Joan will work alongside you and together we will raise up Missouri!
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