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WHO WE ARE

Riley County Democrats are a diverse group of concerned citizens united by their belief in a functioning democracy.
 

​​We are fighting to defend every person's civil and human rights locally and nationally.

We are fighting to achieve equity in our society.

​We are fighting to keep health care.

​We took back the White House and elected democrats in the 2021 local elections, but the fight is far from over.

 

We have midterm elections in 2022 .

​We've got work to do!

Join us in restoring decency, humanity, and equity to our community, our state and our nation.

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Meet our leadership team

The Executive Committee

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CARL REED

Precinct Chair director

Carl got involved in social justice issues as an undergraduate at Michigan State University. He arrived at K-State via a Peace Corps gig in Central America. He got involved in the Sherow campaign, volunteered for Sydney Carlin, Tom Hawk, and other state-level candidates, and served as RCDP chair 2019 – 2020.

 

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KATIE  ALLEN

Chair

Katie is a lifelong Kansan who is passionate about economic and social justice as well as working with others toward a better world for our kids. She earned two degrees from K-State (MPA ’12, EdD ’19) and currently works as an education consultant providing technical assistance to build capacities within state education agencies toward improved student outcomes.

 

She lives in Manhattan with her husband, two kids – Fisher aged 12 and Lila age 10, dog, and cat. In her free time, Katie enjoys gardening, beekeeping, and tending a flock of suburban chickens.

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BRENNAN WALTER

Vice Chair

Brennan is a lifetime resident of Manhattan and a graduate student at Kansas State University studying Regional & Community Planning. He also works as a supervisor for American Airlines’ subsidiary, Envoy Air at the Manhattan Regional Airport. His favorite thing to do is travel, having already used his airline perks to visit 44 countries. His goal is to build and improve public transportation service in or between cities.

He is currently planning his trip to his 45th country.

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CATHERINE CRANE

Secretary and Digital Media Director

Catherine grew up in France where she studied Civil Engineering and City Planning. She left France to pursue graduate studies in Architecture at the University of New Mexico. She came to Manhattan in 1989 to teach architecture after spending a few years designing affordable housing in France.

 

To stay true to her social conscience and democratic convictions, Catherine joined the Democratic Party after she became a US citizen.

She decided to become active with the Riley County Dems during the 2020 election campaign. 

 

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GABE KERR

Treasurer

Gabe is an active mathematician working in algebraic geometry and string theory. While in graduate school at the University of Chicago, he was an activist for social movements to stop the war in Iraq and end the death penalty in Illinois.

He was the treasurer of a local campaign in 2020 when he dived into the world of campaign finance rules and regs, leading him to the Riley County Dems.


Gabe moved to Manhattan in 2013 with his wife and two children.