Phyllis Hardwick Announces Candidacy
Hardwick looks to represent disadvantaged populations in Jefferson City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 6, 2020) — Phyllis Hardwick recently declared to run for the Missouri House of Representatives District 19 seat, a role representing the historic Northeast neighborhood and western Independence.
During these challenging times presented by COVID-19, Hardwick plans to serve her constituency with a focus on disadvantaged families most impacted. Hardwick is looking forward to the opportunity to represent one of the most diverse districts in the state, spanning from Columbus Park to Sugar Creek to Independence.
“We’re in a moment where our most vulnerable people are being impacted greatly by the pandemic the world is facing,” Hardwick said. “We need more equitable systems and we need politicians who are intentional about creating them. I’m running for office to represent District 19 residents who need a public voice to fight for them day after day in Jefferson City.”
A Mizzou graduate, Hardwick worked for a Kansas City-based real estate investment company in financial analysis and acquisitions. Before that, she worked in education and taught in Kansas City Public Schools. Hardwick has a master’s degree in educational studies and remains active in a civic capacity by serving on nonprofit and education boards in Kansas City.
Hardwick is a second-generation educator and organizer who moved to Kansas City more than 10 years ago. She lives in the Pendleton Heights neighborhood. A Chicago native, she learned the value of hard work early in life from her mother and father — who worked as a school paraprofessional and truck driver, respectively.
“I represent the people of our district who wonder if they will be able to save enough for a down payment on a home,” Hardwick says. “I represent those of us who struggle with mounting medical expenses. I represent those who work hard but still can’t make ends meet. I represent those who want our community to be safe for all of us. I represent those who are frustrated with politicians who put politics over people.”
For more information on Hardwick’s campaign, visit phyllishardwick.com, like Phyllis Hardwick for Missouri on Facebook or follow @PhyllisForMo on Twitter.