Application for Legislative Commission for Lani Rush

Contact Information

Full Name

Lani Rush

Eligible for commission

eligible

Party Affiliation

Unafffiliated

Occupation

I am a network administrator for the Arapahoe Library District.

Educational Background

I have a bachelor's of arts in chemistry from Boston University (2013) and received my Cisco-Certified Network Associate certificate in 2017 (expiry: 2020).

Zip Code

80205

Congressional District
1

Background

Past Political Activity

I am an unaffiliated voter who voted in a national election for the first time in 2016. I don't know that I have donated any money to political organizations directly as I believe more in the power of direct giving and mutual aid.

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

I am currently working as an auxiliary support to the COVID Eviction Defense project, but the project does not have an official membership. I have consistently paid dues to be a member of the NAACP but I do not participate in organizing with them.

Organization and Advocacy Experience

I admittedly do not have experience in professional settings.

Statement

I believe this commission is going to need a truly independent voice. It's not going to come from either political party and must come from private citizens. I am lucky to have the education, time, resources, desire, and ability to be able to serve this commission to draw truly fair maps that accurately and adequately represent the people of Colorado.

Statement on Working with Consensus

I believe, as an unaffiliated person, that I will be able to find common ground and compromise between differing political interests. I believe that I can advocate for people's concerns to be placed at the nexus of this commission's work. I believe that achieving consensus is possible via a formulaic approach to meeting problems as they arise, discussing their provenance, determining potential solutions and evaluating them along the lines of impact, and implementing ideas in a testable manner. Fairness and impartiality are objectivist constructs - I am instead able to locate myself in my lived experiences, and have awareness of where those experiences are limited and need additional input from folks who have diverse view points.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

My career as a technologist continuously expands and challenges my troubleshooting skills - which is truly logical problem solving. I am confident I will bring an unique voice and lens and a technological approach to the issues that this commission will face. I have received feedback at every professional post I have held that I am an effective communicator of deeply technical issues in an approachable, interesting way. Additionally, I bring the hard hardheadedness of youth - I believe every problem IS solvable with enough time and energy.

Demographics

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

woman / female