Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 school board member Lewison on Svaty ticket

Katrina Gier Lewison has flown Blackhawk helicopters as a platoon leader in Iraq, commanded soldiers in South Korea and taught cadets at West Point, where she graduated. 

Now, her mission is as Josh Svaty’s lieutenant governor running mate in the Democratic Party primary, and her passion, as she revealed during her political announcement, is education. 

Lewison, a Buhler High School graduate, and her husband, Tyler, have three daughters attending school in Manhattan-Ogden USD 383. 

Her fifth-grader is in a class of 31 students, and seems to be always having to go door-to-door for school fundraisers, Lewison said. Lewison, who was elected to the USD 383 school board last year, said the inadequate funding of public schools “has to stop.” 

Lewison said she and her family returned to Kansas seven years ago and since then she has been thinking about how she can help Kansas prosper and progress so that her children will find their opportunities in the state. She now works as director of consulting and training at CivicPlus, a company that provides software to municipal governments. 

During the lieutenant governor announcement, Svaty also emphasized the need to increase teacher pay and build a climate of respect for teachers. 

Lewison is the first announced lieutenant governor running mate in the Democratic primary of the major candidates, which also includes state Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka and former Wichita mayor Carl Brewer. On the Republican side, Gov. Jeff Colyer’s lieutenant governor is Tracey Mann; while Secretary of State Kris Kobach has announced Wink Hartman of Wichita as his running mate. Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer and former state senator Jim Barnett haven’t announced a lieutenant governor selection yet. The deadline to file for candidacy is June 1 and the primaries are Aug. 7. 

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