Christina Haswood is a public health professional and lifelong district resident running for District 10 of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing southeastern Douglas County (including Baldwin City and southeast Lawrence). At age 26, Christina would be the youngest current member of the Kansas Legislature and only its second current Native American member if elected.
Christina’s parents moved to Lawrence, where she was born and raised, from the Navajo reservation in Arizona in pursuit of a better life and more opportunities. Christina and her family struggled with poverty, and had to rely
on public resources such as WIC, Section 8 Housing, reduced-fee school lunch, and tribal clothing programs while growing up.
Christina attended Lawrence High School where she played varsity basketball and volleyball. After graduation, she moved on to
in-district Haskell Indian Nations University, where she persevered through severe depression to achieve an Associate's degree in Community Health. She then transferred to Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Health. Most recently, Christina graduated with a Master's in Public Health Management from the University of Kansas Medical Center in May 2020.
Christina lives in Lawrence and currently works for a university as a part of thier COVID-19 response team, where her and her coworkers operate a program that serves as another barrier in preventing students and staff from coming onto campus if they have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. She is running to bring public health expertise to state government during a time of unprecedented crisis, and to protect Kansans who are impoverished as she once was.
District 10 covers nearly 23,000 Kansans across southeastern Douglas County, including those in Baldwin City and southeast Lawrence. Higher education is crucial to the district, as the community is serviced by three universities (the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, and Baker University in Baldwin City) - all of which serve as major employers for district residents and as drivers of the local economy. US-59 and K-10 serve as major transportation routes through the district.
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