ICYMI: Washington Post Column: Davids “listens to constituents regardless of party”
Today, Washington Post columnist David von Drehle wrote a profile of Representative Sharice Davids as she enters the final week of the 2022 election, noting she “shuns the spotlight” and instead “listens to constituents regardless of party.”
Following along on her recent visit to De Soto ahead of the city’s $4 billion Panasonic plant groundbreaking, the column notes Davids’ commitment to getting real results, from a mobile police command center for Olathe to a highway project in Louisburg to relief for small businesses.
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“Every TV producer from morning to late night would love to book a Native American lesbian former mixed-martial-arts fighter who holds a seat in Congress from a purple island in the Midwest’s red sea. But Davids shuns the spotlight, styling herself a “nerd” who likes figuring out Washington so she can pull levers for her district.
She low-key listens to constituents regardless of party, asking what they need and speaking candidly about what she can and can’t get done.
But she’ll try. She’ll try to get a mobile police command center for Olathe, and she’ll try to get the two-lane highway in Louisburg widened to four, and she’ll try to find money for local Chambers of Commerce to make payroll through the pandemic.
On a recent morning in De Soto, Davids was trying to help local leaders get ready for the biggest thing to hit town in decades. De Soto once bustled, thanks to a huge World War II munitions factory…the site needs a federal cleanup, pronto, because Japanese electronics giant Panasonic chose De Soto for a $4 billion battery factory to make power cells for electric cars.
Davids salts her answers with mentions of her bipartisan work with Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and nods gratefully when local Chamber of Commerce director Sara Ritter praises her advocacy for small businesses.
Davids reacted calmly when Republicans in the state legislature carved a Democratic enclave out of her district, which includes much of the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City, Mo., and replaced it with new rural precincts — she worked her way onto the Agriculture Committee. ‘I think our farm bureaus appreciate that I am taking the work seriously,’ she said in an interview.
‘I do think the political climate is a bit different since Roe was overturned,’ Davids allowed — but then, a lot of things are different. The pandemic has eased, thanks to vaccines, she said, and many voters are turned off by the right’s election conspiracy theories.
Too partisan? Without missing a beat, Davids added a shout-out for the Kansas secretary of state, a Republican. With him in charge, the election will be splendid, she is confident.”