Meet the Candidate
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Kelli Reid is passionate about connecting with people and has embraced servant leadership her entire career. Born in Iola, Kansas, Kelli considers Wichita her hometown, where she graduated from Southeast High School and attended Wichita State University. Kelli has a strong foundation as an educator, and her love of learning started early in life. She fondly recalls the pride and excitement she felt when she opened a new textbook, a sentiment she carries with her to this day as a student in the Master in Public Administration program at Wichita State University, where she is expected to graduate next spring.
Harnessing her love of learning, Kelli went back to school to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Ottawa University, shortly after her daughter was born - a decision that changed her life. Leading by example and being a strong role model and parent were her greatest motivators and provided a platform for continuous learning and growth. This proved to be particularly important as Kelli had to learn to see the world through the eyes of her bi-racial child who would grow up surrounded by inherent bias, racism, and discrimination. She went on to teach middle school english and algebra in the Santa Cruz, California area for a number of years before making the transition to higher education, where she spent the next decade gaining valuable experience as a leader and nonprofit administrator.
Kelli served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/ Hispanics and Native Americans in Science), described by the National Science Foundation as the premier organization for diversity in science. She also spent six years as a senior administrator for the nonprofit student government organization, Associated Students at San Jose State University. There she managed a multi-million dollar budget, provided leadership and oversight to 220 employees, and mentored the next generation of public servants.
As a candidate for office, Kelli puts people above politics. She is strongly committed to the public interest and restoring trust in government by cultivating a new level of engagement and participation among residents of Sedgwick County. Kelli understands that our strength and capacity as a community is greatly diminished by the growing political divide between citizens, and she strives to bring a fair, balanced, solution-oriented approach to traditional partisan issues. Kelli values diverse perspectives and ideas, which is one reason why the members of her campaign team are trusted advisors and friends from both sides of the political spectrum.
Kelli is married to Stefanie Reid and lives in west Wichita with her two older sisters and 85-year old mother, who are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. She is driven by strong family values, a connectedness to others, and a dedication to upholding the highest standards of trust, integrity, and transparency. To Kelli, getting involved in local government means representing the diverse perspectives of the people who call Sedgwick County home. As her daughter reminds her, involvement at the local level is the best way to affect change. That is what she intends to do.
A Stronger Sedgwick County
Sedgwick County is a growing community that embraces the most prized characteristics and values of the Midwest. We exhibit respect for others, commitment to our communities, progress without abandoning our values, diversity and inclusion, and empowering every citizen not only to vote, but to be an active participant and voice for change in our local government. When we see diverse candidates running for office, we don’t see competitors, we find passionate stewards that see a better future and are ready to serve, inspire, and advocate for the people.
Together, we can create a stronger Sedgwick County by:
Advancing the public interest and common good
Engaging others in issues and decisions that impact them
Increasing participation in local government
Building community strength and capacity
Demonstrating the highest standards of trust, integrity, and transparency
The people in the Kansas Heartland deserve this and more.