Meet Angela Schweller…
To say I admire Angela would be an understatement. I’ve always admired the way she cares for her family and friends, the way she brings out the best giggles from babies and little kids, her love for animals and her killer sense of humor - she’s hilarious! Then she upped the admiration level last year when she ran for the Kansas legislature as a State Representative for her district in Olathe - all while keeping up her real estate business. She took the passion a lot of people felt surrounding the last election and turned it into action. She worked so hard, learned so much and committed so much of her time and energy to doing what she believes in. Although the election didn’t go her way, I know this is the beginning of a life-long journey of improving and working hard for the people of Kansas. So proud of you, Angela!!
Let’s get to know her a little better…
Q & A with Angela Schweller
Tell me about your family…
My husband JT and I are raising 2 kids—Ada age 10, and Evan age 8. Even though I know we are done having kids, I can’t help my love for babies and the curiosity of “what if we had one more”? Instead it’s slowly turning into accumulating more dogs. We currently have two, Mattie and Maisie, but you never know when I might come home with another!
Tell me about what lead up to you running for Kansas state legislature.
Our state legislature (much like the federal one) is out of balance, with women only holding a little over a ¼ of the seats. The only way to solve that problem is for more women to run. It makes it a lot easier to make that decision when you realize your legislator doesn’t listen to the people he represents. Too often women second guess their qualifications, and it’s time we feel confident in what we can accomplish, and take our seats at the table.
If you had a magic wand and could fix one problem/issue what would it be?
Well, if you know me, I hate picking a favorite or top item, but for the sake of this question let’s just focus on something current and fixable by the KS state legislature, and that’s the expansion of Medicaid (or KanCare). We continually turn away our own federal tax dollars (over $3 billion now), which were designed in the ACA to be reinvested back into our state. This money would give the citizens of KS who fall in the healthcare gap access to healthcare. My magic wand would get this passed immediately, so we can keep our rural hospitals open, get our citizens healthy, decrease infant mortality rates, and create job growth while doing it.
How are you staying involved in the political scene now?
I created a group after the Women’s March 2017 called “March Forward KS”. We meet monthly to discuss the pressing issues both locally and nationally, and figure out the best actions to take. As well, I have recently met with members of the governmental affairs committee for KCRAR (Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors). I am planning to get more involved with this so I can combine my two passions of real estate and politics.
What else are you up to?
My candidacy for KS State Representative was an amazing experience, where I learned so much and pushed myself beyond anything I thought I was capable of doing. While the end results were not the win we had hoped for, it’s been nice settling back into my routine of family and work. I love my job as a Realtor, where I get the opportunity to work with people through one of the most important and emotional transitions of their life. I feel honored when people entrust me with that responsibility, and do everything in my power to make sure they are satisfied with the end results. (She helped us buy and sell our homes 5 years ago and did a fantastic job!!)
Here’s her facebook page, phone number: 913-710-1146, and email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more info about listing or buying a home with her.
Anything important that I've forgotten to ask you?
Can’t think of anything, but I’m also responding to this at my son’s basketball practice and can barely hear myself think—Hope my answers make sense - LOL
Here are some photos we did for her campaign materials…