I'm running for the 67th District of the Kansas House to
Promote responsible stewardship of State monies to promote economic development in District 67.
Advance State educational funding above and beyond Court mandates.
Advocate for Medicaid Expansion.
Promote balancing/reallocating of resources for community protection and social services.
Advocate for comprehensive plans for energy production, water usage, and environmental practices that move Kansas toward a sustainable future.
Longtime School Administrator/ MHK Activist
Cheryl Arthur, a Manhattan resident for nearly 20 years, retired school administrator, and active volunteer filed Thursday May 28th for the 67th District House seat in the Kansas Legislature.
Describing herself as “annoyingly logical and evidence-driven,” Arthur says she wants to “serve the people of Kansas in a way that continues and expands the values and resources that make me proud to be a Kansan.” She adds that “in these Pandemic times, the issues before the Legislature have changed so dramatically that almost everyone is learning new ways of thinking and new behaviors.” She praises Governor Laura Kelly and Dr. Lee Norman, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, who have done stellar jobs of responding to the Pandemic in Kansas by protecting Kansans, sometimes from themselves, and communicating science-based expectations.
Arthur stresses she has no personal agenda and no special interest group that controls her thoughts or actions, but she “would very much like to represent the 67th District in the Kansas House.” One issue that concerns her is providing an adequate education for Kansas students at all levels. As the future of Kansas, “we must provide our students with the skills and opportunities to support and grow our Kansas way of life and our economy.”
Arthur moved to Manhattan in 2002 to work on her Ed.D. in Educational Administration. Prior to that she earned her BS in Secondary Education from what is now Missouri State. She also has a Master’s degree in Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Specialist Degree in Secondary Administration from the University of Central Missouri. Her first teaching job was in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, for more than 6 years. She also has taught math, chemistry, ad physics at various locations, coached women’s basketball and volleyball, and served as a high school administrator for 10 years.
She is an active member at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, currently in her 4th year as President of United Methodist Women. She sings in two or more choirs depending on the time of the year, rings in two handbell choirs. Arthur has served on the Manhattan Community Gardens board, is an active member of Chapter IW, P.E.O., and recently completed documenting 20+ years of records for the Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice.
Additionally, she has attended two Legislative Action days, in which she spoke with Representatives and discussed issues of concern to the Manhattan community. Arthur also participated in the last two LEAF (Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith) events, which consisted of 1.5 days of training/seminars on working in the Legislature for social justice issues in Kansas.
Arthur is married to Dr. Frank Arthur, who is a research entomologist with the USDA. They garden, hike, fish, bird-watch, and travel when they’re not spoiling their two cats, Sammy and Molly.