Indian-American Usha Reddi, who is also seeking the US Senate seat in Kansas as a Democrat in 2020, took office as the Mayor of Manhattan.
Reddi, who served as mayor pro tem before being selected as mayor, will serve in her position until January 2021.
“I’m honored to be the mayor of Manhattan once again. And it’s a thrill to be here on the shoulders of many, and I hope many more follow in our footsteps. It’s a hard job, but I think everybody is capable of participating in this process.” the mercurynews.com reported.
Reddi had served as the mayor of Manhattan in 2016 and 2017. Her priorities include economic development, mental health, and quality of life initiatives in her community.
Reddi came to the US from India when she was 8, and she has worked as a teacher at Ogden Elementary School since 2005.
“I think being a teacher and working in the community with families and children every day as an elected official I saw the impact every day of state and federal policies affecting us,” she had told Kansascity.com.
Raised in Columbus, Reddi earned her Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology at The Ohio State University. In 1992, her husband’s work moved her and her three children to Manhattan.
She raised her children as a stay-at-home mother and in 2003, Reddi returned to school to earn her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State University.
Usha was recognized with the Kansas Department of Education Horizon Award, and in 2011 Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 recognized her with the Teacher of the Year award.
In 2017, she received the Susan M Scott Award for Community Leadership from Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership.