Sharice Davids is the Democratic congressional candidate, who is in a close race with incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder.
Davis has been the target of social media attacks, she has been called a radical socialist and references to her origins have been used as an insult. The official who did this however, Michael Kalny, resigned from his job.
Here are the 10 Things You Need To Know About Sharice Davids
#1 She is a Native American
Sharice is Johnson County resident and member of the Ho-Chunk nation in Wisconsin. She grew up in Leavenworth.
#2 Sharice Davids is gay
Davids is openly lesbian
#3 She is a former professional mixed-martial-arts fighter
Davids has a history of competing in mixed martial arts tournaments. “I grew up obsessed with Bruce Lee,” she said. Her family couldn’t afford lessons when she was a kid, but she pursued the hobby as an adult and entered her first tournament at age 26. She competed as both an amateur and professional in Mixed Martial Arts.
#4 Her mother is an army vet
Her mom spent more than 20 years in the Army followed by a career in civil service at the US Post Office.
#5 She is a lawyer
Davids is a 37-year-old Shawnee attorney who holds a degree from Cornell Law School, spent time working as a legal counsel for a development corporation on a reservation in South Dakota.
#6 She worked for Obama
She served as a White House fellow during the final year of President Barack Obama’s administration.
#7 She worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation
Her time as a White House fellow included the months when Trump first took office. She worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation during the transitional period.
#8 She created a podcast
According to her website, she and her brother created Starty Pants – a video podcast that highlights entrepreneurs in the Greater Kansas City area with a focus on women, people of color and LGBTQ founders.
#9 She will make history if she wins
If Sharice Davids wins in November, she would become the first ever openly gay member of the Kansas congressional delegation, as well as the first female Native American lawmaker in Washington.9#10 She’s been viciously attacked on social media
According to the Kansas City Star, a local Kansas GOP official lashed out at Sharice Davids on social media earlier this week, saying “your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian will be sent back packing to the reservation.”
You can find her on Twitter here.