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Meet the Leaders of the Executive Committee

Ethel A. Edwards, ChairEthel-Edwards

After 39 years as an educator, Ethel retired from public education.  She worked as a teacher, administrator, and consultant at elementary, middle, and high schools at the district and state levels.  She has degrees in mathematics, language arts, library media, and administration. Ethel jokes that she could not hold a job and couldn’t decide what to do.  She served as president of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics (KATM), and as president of the National Education Association of Topeka [Public Schools] (NEA-T).  In 1977, Ethel married her best friend, Jim.  They enjoy bicycling and college football. Growing up in Nebraska, they are Cornhuskers through and through.


Roxie-Ramirez-Ortiz Roxie Ramirez Ortiz, Secretary

Roxie has worked almost 40 years as a public servant in state government. All her years have been with the Kansas Department of Human Resources/Department of Labor except for eight years when she worked as the Governor’s Operations Coordinator for Governors Sebelius and Parkinson. She currently works as an Ombudsman/Claims Adviser in the Division of Workers Compensation. She has served as a precinct committeewoman for 18 years. For the last 2 1/2 years she has been secretary for the Shawnee County Democrats. Besides state and local politics, Roxie and her husband, Dan, are very active with Fiesta Mexicana and Holy Family Catholic School Booster Club. They have two sons, Daniel Jr. (DJ) and José. They are all die hard Jayhawk, Chiefs, and Royals fans.


Luke Domme - Vice Chair Luke Domme, Vice-Chair

Luke Domme serves as Vice-Chair for the Shawnee County Democrats, as well as a Business Representative for the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Miller’s (BCTGM) Local 218. He’s also an At-Large Board Member for The United Way of Greater Topeka. In his spare time, Luke writes short stories. All this, of course, after spending as much time as possible with his two children. He is exceedingly proud of the work that was done and his chance to vote during the Kansas Democratic Party Platform Committee. He believes strongly in the concepts of one person, one vote, and that corporations are not people. Luke hopes to see a wave of Democrats elected in 2018 from the local to the national level.

Jennifer Laudermilk, Treasurer


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Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. — Warren Bennis

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