Dietrich to run for Kansas House

Contact: Brenda Dietrich, 785-221-3853

Brenda Dietrich, a longtime resident of Southwest Topeka, filed today to run for the Kansas House of Representatives. She is seeking the 52nd House District seat. Dietrich, a lifelong Republican, said she wants to make sure the district has a voice of common sense in the Statehouse.

“Southwest Topeka is an important economic engine for our community,” said Dietrich. “As such, we need a strong voice at the Statehouse – one with the courage and conviction to fight for the best interests of our families, our businesses and our tax dollars. I’m very encouraged by the outpouring of people who have asked me to run, and I look forward to talking with the taxpayers in our district about the issues that lie ahead for our state.”

Dietrich retired last year after 14 years as superintendent of Auburn-Washburn schools. Prior to that she worked in leadership and as a classroom teacher at Fort Leavenworth and other area public schools. Dietrich was born in Colby, Kansas and raised in McPherson, Kansas. She graduated from K-State in 1975, then went on to earn a master’s degree and a PhD in educational administration.

“The bottom line is I’m concerned about the direction of our country and our state,” said Dietrich. “I’m not a politician, but I think that’s a good thing. Instead, I have more than 30 years of real-world experience balancing a budget, supervising a workforce of 1,000 employees, and being accountable to the families of our district. I will work tirelessly to get the state we love back on track.”

Dietrich is a member of the Kansas Starbase Board of Directors, which works in conjunction with the Kansas Army and Air National Guards to provide students with hands-on learning experiences in mathematics, engineering, technology and science. Dietrich’s community involvement has involved the Jayhawk Council of Boy Scouts, Topeka South Rotary, Leadership Kansas, Topeka & Shawnee County Library, United Way of Greater Topeka and the Topeka Chamber of Commerce. This past year, Dietrich was honored as the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Woman of Distinction and earned the YWCA’s Women in Leadership Award. On the state level, she has served as an appointee on the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice.

Dietrich and her husband Jerry have been married 35 years. They have one daughter who is a graduate of Washburn Rural High School and K-State. Their daughter works as a corrections officer in Kansas.

The Republican Primary Election is set for Tuesday, August 2. Longtime Topeka business owner Harry Craig will serve as Dietrich’s campaign treasurer.

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