Andrea Hughes knew her path early on.
Hughes, a City Council member since 2015, said she’s always been very civic-minded.
“I went to school for political science,” Hughes said. “I always knew I wanted to be involved in my community. This was a perfect opportunity for me in Spring Hill.”
Growing up on the other side of the state line, Hughes moved from coast to coast before finally settling in Spring Hill in 2010 with her husband, Jamie, she said.
“I was always growing up within a five-minute drive of the Chiefs’ stadium throughout my entire life,” Hughes said with a chuckle.
She then moved across state lines to attend Avila University and then move on to law school at the University of Kansas, she said. Since then, she has practiced property law for the past eight years with her most recent employment at Leavenworth County as the deputy county counselor.
Spring Hill was a perfect compromise for her and her husband, she said. Jamie is originally from western Kansas and Spring Hill provided the perfect opportunity to be rural but close enough to city amenities.
At home, Hughes has two children with Jamie: a new baby girl born in September 2016, Ginger, and a three-year-old son, Conner, she said.
In her free time, Hughes said she enjoys taking her children swimming, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Her family also enjoys working on projects at home.
“We’re very home-oriented,” she said. “We do a lot of fixer upper projects around the house.”
Recently, her family has accomplished painting their entire home, adding a deck onto the house and planting trees in the yard, she said.
One of her favorite parts of being on the City Council is hearing from residents, she said. Stuck in the middle of two generations, Generation X and Millennials, Hughes said she can relate to many different ages with concerns.
“I often am on Facebook or other social media and I see citizens are talking about something in the community,” she said. “I will make a call to the City and I’ll ask them if they know about this issue. I like to follow up for people. I don’t always see what people say as a complaint. I enjoy making a call on behalf of people even if they don’t ask me to.”
Hughes also believes it’s extremely important for women to be involved in their community.
“When I was getting into politics, I didn’t have that woman to lean on,” Hughes said. “I find that a woman’s perspective is a little bit different when looking at the whole perspective and I would have enjoyed that myself.
“[Women] are often serving the community behind the scenes in an informal kind of community tightness,” she said. “They really come together to make things work. Just because you don’t see a lot of women on the City Council or other boards doesn’t mean that they aren’t there serving in another capacity.
“I encourage those women to contact me to get involved. I would love to help women find their path to be involved in the city.”
To contact Mrs. Hughes, call (913) 592-9610 or email email@example.com You can also follow her on Facebook at @AHughesinSpringHill