When Ayanna Shivers returned to Mexico, Mo., after nearly 25 years, she came to make a difference. Ayanna recently filed as the Democratic candidate for the Missouri State Senate, District 10.
Asked about why she is seeking office, she replied, “I am not running to become another politician, I am running to ensure that “We the people” have a voice. We need to focus on “People, Not Politics” to enact positive change in Missouri.
Since returning to Mexico, she has worked as an educator who helps students prepare for their post-secondary endeavors; pastored a church in Montgomery City; incorporated a non-profit organization that bridges the gap between Missourians from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds; and served as the first African American woman on Mexico’s City Council.
Shivers is proud of the education she received from Mexico Public School District No. 59 as it laid the foundation for her to receive a full academic scholarship to the University of Oklahoma after graduating from Mexico High School in 1990. She later obtained her M.Ed in counselor education from the Citadel, a Ph.D in education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master degree in theology from Liberty Theological Seminary.
When Ayanna returned to Missouri, she didn’t want to join the complainers. She wanted to become a part of a solution. Shivers wants to help secure a community for future generations that offers quality education, affordable health care, and a safe environment; and she wants to make sure that legislation is passed that will meet the needs of the majority of people, regardless of their race or socio-economic status. She believes that people elected to positions must represent their constituents and should focus on collaborating to see that their needs are met, instead of polarizing and focusing on elite agendas.
Ayanna Shivers wants to represent District 10, and advocate for people, not politics; and people across the district joined her by participating in her kick-off rally in Mexico, Mo.