Usha Reddi

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Template:Infobox politician Usha Reddi (born August 20, 1965) is an American politician who is presently Mayor Pro Tem of Manhattan, Kansas. Manhattan is the eighth largest city in Kansas with a 2017-estimate population of 56,832 and is the home of Kansas State University. Ms. Reddi has served as an elected member of the nonpartisan board of city commissioners in Manhattan since 2013. She rotated in to serve as Mayor of Manhattan during 2016-2017, thus becoming the first Asian American woman mayor in Kansas history. Usha was re-elected to a second four-year term on the city commission in 2017. In August 2019, Ms. Reddi declared her candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination for 2020 United States Senate election in Kansas[1]. If elected, Ms. Reddi will be the first person of full Indian American background and the first Hindu to serve in the United States Senate. She would also be the first Democratic Senator from Kansas since George McGill was elected in 1932 and left office in 1939.

Education & Background

Usha migrated with her family from her birthplace of Rajamundry, India to Winchester, Virginia when she was eight years old. The family later moved to Columbus, Ohio. After graduating high school. she attended Ohio State University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in developmental psychology. She married, and her first husband's work took their family to Manhattan, Kansas where she raised three children as a stay-at-home mother.

In 2003, Reddi enrolled at Kansas State University. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She continued her education at Kansas State and earned a Master of Science degree of educational leadership in 2011[2].

Career

Upon the completion of her elementary education degree, Usha began teaching first grade at Ogden Elementary School in Ogden, Kansas in 2005. In 2015, she began teaching Title 1 math at the same school. The Title 1 program provides federal funds to school with disproportionately high percentages of students from low-income families.

Through her work at the school district, Reddi became the president of the local USD 383 chapter of the National Education Association (NEA), the largest labor union and professional interest group in the United States. The NEA represents public school teachers and other education professionals.

In 2004, Usha was recognized with the Kansas Department of Education Horizon Award[3], and in 2011 Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 honored her as Teacher of the Year. In 2017, she received the Susan M. Scott Award for Community Leadership from Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership[4].

Mayor and City Commissioner of Manhattan

Reddi first ran for the city commission of Manhattan, Kansas in 2013. Of the seven candidates running, Reddi came in second place and won her four-year term with 17.5% of votes cast[5].

The city of Manhattan designates one commissioner to serve as mayor on a rotation based election results. Reddi served as Mayor of Manhattan from January 2016 through January 2017.

Reddi was re-elected to a second four-year term in November 2017. Of five candidates, she came in first place with 30.5% of votes cast[6]. Reddi serves as the Mayor pro tem. Her second term as mayor will be from January 2020 through January 2021.

During her tenure on the city commission, Reddi has presided over the relocation and construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to Manhattan. She also championed the adoption of new language in Manhattan's non-discrimination ordinance which established sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes within the city[7].

Sexual Abuse

Between 1975 (aged ten) and 1977, Reddi was sexually abused and raped by her father, Venkata Yeleti, multiple times in Virginia and Ohio. Persuaded in recent years by her family to pursue justice against her father, Reddi provided incriminating recorded phone calls and e-mails between herself and her father to the Winchester, Virginia police. There is no statute of limitations for rape in Virginia. Yeleti plead guilty to a single 1975 count of raping Reddi. He will serve one year in prison as part of a plea bargain[8].

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