"People didn't realize here in Kansas a person with my background and from my demographic would get elected to Congress. I didn't shy away from it at all," she said. "I really think people want somebody who is authentic. They want someone to listen to them and wants to serve the community the best way they can."
A nationwide campaign is underway aimed at encouraging LGBTQ people to seek public office. The LGBTQ Victory Fund has retooled its Out To Win campaign to focus on individuals willing to be a candidate for an elected office in their community.