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Deputy Title IX coordinator at KU files for City Commission election

Jennifer Ananda

Jennifer Ananda

May 15, 2017, 3:01 p.m. Updated May 15, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

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Lawrence resident Jennifer Ananda has filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission.

Ananda, who has a background in law and social work, said her decision to run for the commission is a proactive one. The commission began a new strategic planning process this year, and Ananda said she’d like to be a part of planning the future of Lawrence.

“I think that in order to grow and remain a place that people want to come live we have to have some kind of plan in place,” Ananda said. “And so continuing to hone and grow that plan, looking at developing our community and how we can do that in a way that’s not reactive, in a proactive way, I think that is really important.”

Jennifer Ananda

Jennifer Ananda

Originally from Girard, Ananda moved to Lawrence 17 years ago to attend the University of Kansas. She earned undergraduate degrees in film and English and later graduated with a law degree and a master’s in social work. She is currently the deputy Title IX coordinator and policy specialist for KU’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, which handles complaints of discrimination and harassment at KU and coordinates related training for staff and students.

When considering the growth and future of Lawrence, Ananda said she’d like to address issues affecting Lawrence’s neighborhoods. She said one example is balancing new development in East Lawrence.

“How do we maintain a sense of community and that small-town feel while also ensuring that that community will be here in the future?” Ananda said.

Currently, Ananda is a member of the Community Mercantile board and board president of the Waldorf Association of Lawrence. Ananda said that as she has raised her family and developed her career, she’s also had a sense of duty to serve her community.

“I just think it’s important that when something is important to you to do what you can to preserve it, make it better and make it sustainable,” Ananda said.

The terms of commissioners Lisa Larsen, Mike Amyx and Matthew Herbert are expiring this year. Ananda is the fifth candidate to file for the election, following filings by Herbert, Larsen, Bassem Chahine and Dustin Stumblingbear.

The filing deadline for the City Commission race is noon on June 1. Candidates will have an Aug. 1 primary, if needed, and the general election will be on Nov. 7. Primaries will be scheduled only if the number of candidates who file is more than two times the number of open seats.

Candidates filing for 2017 Lawrence City Commission election
June 1 — Christian Lyche
May 30 — Mike Anderson
May 26 — Ken Easthouse
May 15 — Jennifer Ananda
March 31 — Dustin Stumblingbear
March 8 — Commissioner Lisa Larsen
Feb. 28 — Bassem Chahine
Feb. 23 — Commissioner Matthew Herbert

Related: Commissioner Mike Amyx announces he will not run for re-election (May 18)

Related: Seventh candidate filing forces Aug. 1 primary election (May 30)

Comments

Nathan Anderson 5 months, 1 week ago

To speak nothing of her particular political beliefs, judging by her twitter account, she doesn't have the temperament for the position. She seems to have the political fervor of a religious fundamentalist. As a lifelong Dem and a pragmatist, thanks but no thanks.

Steve Jacob 5 months, 1 week ago

She does not like Trump, that's for sure.

Sylvie Rueff 5 months, 1 week ago

I've known Jennifer since her undergraduate days at KU. She is dedicated to making her part of the world a better place. Be it her neighborhood, her co-op, her town, county or state, she has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for others. In a signature effort, Jennifer achieved her law degree and Masters in social work while pregnant and taking care of two small children. Credit for her success goes as well to her husband, Chris, who is exceptional in his own right. Jennifer is smart, hard working, compassionate, and, yes, pragmatic. She is organized and capable of facilitating conversations to create a visionary plan for Lawrence's future. I am pleased she wants the job of Lawrence City Commissioner - and she would make an outstanding Mayor.

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