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For Immediate Release

October 3, 2020

Madam for America Endorses Alissia Canady for Missouri Lieutenant Governor

Today, Madam for America, the Midwest’s leading organization for Black women in politics, endorsed Alissia Canady for Missouri Lieutenant Governor. Dorothy L. McClendon, Esq., president of Madam for America, released the following statement:

“Alissia Canady, an attorney, entrepreneur and former City Councilwoman for Kansas City, Missouri and former Jackson County Prosecutor, is a leader concerned about ensuring we have thriving communities, addressing health disparities, ensuring public safety for our families, seniors and children, and advocating for educational and economic equity for all Missourians. Alissia Canady's experience as a fierce advocate and compassionate public servant is why she is more than capable to help build a stronger Missouri during this unprecedented time dealing with COVID-19."

Alissia's diverse educational, professional and personal background is what helps her to understand the experiences of working class families.

Alissia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Finance from Park University and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law. After passing the Missouri Bar, she worked for the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Kansas City, Missouri. Alissia served as City Councilwoman for the Fifth District of Kansas City, Missouri holding leadership roles as the Chair of the Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee and the Health Commission.

Madam for America, is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to recruiting and training leaders, supporting strong campaigns, and mentoring Black women for public office throughout the Midwest. Since our founding on July 25, 2019, Madam for America has helped women win competitive campaigns – in state and local races – researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. In less than a year in existence, we have helped elect two women to office. In 2020 during COVID-19, we helped one woman make history as the first Black person elected to the Lee’s Summit School Board as we helped our first candidate to get elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2019, a special election. Since our launch, more women have reached out to Madam for America about running for office laying the groundwork for candidates for local, state and federal offices.