In an effort to better understand the needs of everyday Kansans, Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla suggests leaders metaphorically walk in the shoes of someone who lives in poverty.
De La Isla was in Iola Monday afternoon as part of her campaign for the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. De La Isla is a Democrat. The seat is currently held by Steve Watkins, a Republican.
Living in poverty — even as an experiment — shows how people have to make either/or decisions. Purchasing food or medicine. Paying the rent or a utility bill. Buying gas or shoes.