Clay County Public Administrator and former CIA analyst Sarah Mills has announced her campaign to replace Representative Lauren Arthur in House District 18, which encompasses part of Clay County. If elected, Mills would be the first Mexican female and the first Hispanic woman on the Republican ticket ever elected to the Missouri State House.
“Put simply, I am running because I care about my community,” said Mills. “I want to protect and preserve the constitutional rights and privileges of my neighbors, and to ensure prosperity for our future generations. I believe in empowering people to pursue lives of purpose. I am running to be a voice for my neighbors, and to help pave the way for a better future.”
Mills was born and raised in the Kansas City area and is an alum of Oak Park High School. In 2012, she graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Political Science. Post-graduation, Mills was recruited to work for the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst, focusing on East Asian affairs. “I am very honored to have had the privilege to serve my country in the small way I was able,” Mills said of her service.
Shortly after returning home to Kansas City to be closer to her family, Mills made the decision to continue on her path of public service. In November 2016 she was elected Clay County Public Administrator, serving as a court-appointed guardian, conservator, and personal representative in probate cases. In her role, she works with individuals who are elderly, developmentally disabled, and mentally ill.
“After college, I chose a profession that would help others,” said Mills, “I returned to my roots because I wanted to be close to my family and to improve my hometown. I am honored to have been elected as Public Administrator on the promise to help the most vulnerable residents in the community. We have made great strides towards assisting this population since I was first elected. In everything I do, I am committed to getting real results.”
Mills’ agenda is set on improving the lives of everyday Missourians. She believes in increased support for infrastructure spending, pro-business economic reforms, and job training for welfare recipients in order to get more Missourians off of state programs and back to work. Mills also cites education reform as vital to the future of Missouri. She believes that expanding school choice would help parents find the right school for their children to succeed, while incentivizing Missouri students to attend college and work in-state. She believes that parental choice will ultimately help keep Missouri’s best and brightest in the Show-Me State.
Mills has stated that she is both pro-2nd amendment and pro-life. “In my position, I have also worked with the developmentally disabled. I believe that if we want to show a commitment to all life, in addition to passing pro-life legislation, we must also have strong programs for the developmentally disabled.”
Mills is a member of the First Federated Republican Women of Clay County and the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri. She values her time with her family and loves spending time with her two-year-old nephew. She enjoys remaining both physically active, playing tennis, and also active within her community through volunteerism.
Mills has retained Axiom Strategies to consult on her campaign for state representative.