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Brinkman Announces Election Bid for Emporia City Commission

EMPORIA – Local small business owner and longtime public servant Susan Brinkman today announced her candidacy for the Emporia City Commission.

“The economic development decisions of our commission will impact future generations,” Brinkman said. “Looking for a pro-growth level playing field while balancing the overall needs of the City is a tremendous challenge. I look forward to joining that conversation as a voice of the people.”

Brinkman has been a member of the USD 253 school board for eight years and is the assistant director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State. She also owns a small business in downtown Emporia.

During her time on the school board, Brinkman has served on the policy committee, the bargaining unit, as the representative to the Joint Economic Development Council, and as a delegate to the Kansas Association of School Boards.  

“In my experience representing teachers and support staff,” said Erica Huggard, President of the Emporia National Education Association. “Susan has consistently been willing to seek input and advocate for her constituency.”

“Placing our students first while balancing the needs of our community and respecting the views of fellow board members has been a tremendous opportunity to grow my leadership capacity,” Brinkman said. “I will finish my second term on the school board this year and the timing is right to continue my service to our community as a commissioner.”

Brinkman is a fifth generation Kansan and has called Emporia home for 30 years. She and her husband Jason have one son.

The campaign treasurer is Tracy Edwards, Certified Financial Planner and past president of the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce. Max McCoy, a local author and professor of journalism, is the communications adviser.