Ann Mah LogoTOPEKA-- Topeka businesswoman Ann Mah announced today she is running for re-election to the Legislature’s 53rd District House seat.  Mah, a Democrat, hopes to return to the seat serving southeast Shawnee County and southwest Douglas County. 

“I was first elected on a pro-education, pro-business platform,” said Mah. “I delivered on those promises.  I helped save local jobs and improved the business climate through investments that are now bringing manufacturing to our state.  I supported funding to provide a 21st-century education for our children.  It is no secret that good schools attract good employers.  We can make no better investment in our state’s future, even in a down economy.” 

During her six years in the Kansas Legislature, Mah has sponsored over a dozen bills that have become law.  She sites her major accomplishment as the creation of the Technical Education Authority. 

“The key to ending the economic downturn is education at all levels,” said Mah.  “Sixty-percent of jobs require less than a bachelor’s degree and creating the Authority helps develop quality, uniform training statewide.” 

Mah also sponsored legislation to reduce property taxes for low-income seniors and help state government retirees.  She and former Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh worked together to create the “Safe At Home” program to protect victims of domestic violence. 

“Ann is one of the most dedicated legislators in the Kansas House," said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence.  “She thoroughly researches every issue that comes across her desk and is a relentless advocate for her constituents.”

Mah retired from Southwestern Bell in 2000 after 21 years in management.  She does business training and speaking.  She is the editor and co-author of the book Career Compass for Women and past national president of the American Business Women’s Association.

Mah holds a masters degree from Emporia State University. She is a past YWCA Woman of Excellence.  An active community volunteer, Mah is a member of the Greater Topeka United Way board of directors, president of the Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka and on the board of directors for the Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation. 

Her husband, Larry, is also retired from Southwestern Bell.  Her son, Cary, and his family live in Topeka.

The 2010 election will take place on November 2, 2010.  To learn more about Ann Mah, visit http://www.annmah.org/.

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