A proven fighter for Kansas women and working families
Michelle De La Isla is running for Congress to fight for Kansas children and working families. Michelle overcame poverty and homelessness, and in 2000, she moved from Puerto Rico to Kansas to attend Wichita State University. As a single mother, she worked for eight years to earn her Bachelor of Science in biology. Michelle moved to Topeka in 2005 and discovered her passion for public service through her work as an educator and as the executive director of Topeka Habitat for Humanity. A founding member of a local Hermanitas chapter mentoring Latina girls, Michelle is deeply committed to empowering young women to pursue new opportunities. She successfully ran for Topeka City Council in 2013 to show her daughters that they could achieve anything they set their minds to. After serving as the deputy mayor from 2016 to 2018, Michelle became the first Latina mayor of Topeka in 2018. A proud mother of three children, Michelle is running to serve as a voice for the people of Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District in Washington.
A champion for expanding economic opportunity
Michelle De La Isla knows firsthand the importance of expanding access to economic opportunity in Kansas. A single mother and survivor of homelessness, and domestic violence, she understands the tough challenges that Kansans face. Her work is grounded in the belief that public service is about people, not politics. When elected to Congress, Michelle will fight to ensure that all Kansans have access to affordable health care, quality public education, good-paying jobs, and infrastructure that connects them to opportunities across the state.
An opportunity to flip a seat
Michelle is challenging Republican Congressman Steve Watkins, a vulnerable scandal-plagued freshman incumbent. Watkins has been under investigation for registering to vote using a Topeka UPS Store as his home address and allegedly casting a fraudulent ballot in the incorrect city council district, personnel conflict and controversy arose when he lived in a “frat-like” group home with five of his campaign staffers, and his father was investigated for funding illegal “straw man donations” to his son’s 2018 campaign. He has advanced an extreme agenda that hurts the Kansans he was elected to serve, including voting against the extension of the Violence Against Women Act and co-sponsoring legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. Watkins won this seat by less than one percentage point in 2018, and Michelle has what it takes to hold him accountable for his record of failure and to bring new leadership to Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District. We have an opportunity to help her flip this seat from red to blue, and to hold and strengthen our powerful House majority. Let’s show Michelle our full support, and help elect this champion for Kansas working families to Congress.