Application for Legislative Commission for Kathleen Marie Baur

Contact Information

Full Name

Kathleen Marie Baur

Eligible for commission

eligible

Party Affiliation

Democrat

Occupation

Psychologist Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Educational Background

Pls see resume

Zip Code

80012

Congressional District
6

Background

Past Political Activity

I volunteered for Jason Crow both elections. I volunteered for MomsRising this year's general election. I have donated money to MoveOn, Jamie Harrison, Stacey Abrams, Amy McGrath, Ditch Mitch, Jason Crow

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

I do not belong to any political or civic organizations. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Aurora Pottery Guild

Organization and Advocacy Experience

Working for a community mental health center I am involved in advocating for my clients in terms of services and support. As the training director of our Doctoral Internship I have worked hard to increase the diversity in our applicant pool to support the development of professionals in our field that are more reflective of the growing diversity in our country.

Statement

Gerrymandering started in 1812 and since its inception it has morphed over time to be a system where the politicians pick their voters. The ability to statistically pack and split voters through data collection and computer programming subverts the ideals of democracy. It has led to a polarization of the electorate rof red vs blue that reduces the need for compromise. Governing has been replaced by obstructing leading to gridlock with no one winning, particularly the citizens the politicians are supposed to represent. District lines should reflect the community and their needs.

Statement on Working with Consensus

As a psychologist I am trained in many of the areas necessary to promote consensus; effective communications, finding common ground, perspective taking, and most importantly staying calm and focused in times of crisis. I believe the most harmful thing to our country has been the polarization of our 2 party system which has lead us to forget that we all want the same things for our families; a good education, a job that sustains us, clean air and water. This endeavor is an opportunity for all of us to get back the the things we can all agree upon and work towards a fair and impartial system so everyone's voice can be heard whether it is a Democrat , a Republican, or an Independent.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

As a clinical psychologist I was trained in statistics. I head 2 teams at Jefferson Center which requires making decisions based on data. I trained doctoral interns, externs, and students on interpreting testing data for psychological assessments.

Demographics

Racial categories the applicant identifies with:
Caucasian
Applicant identifies with the following gender

cis gender female