Alex Van Dyke
Kansas State House, District 67
Hello, I’m Alex Van Dyke, and I am running to be the District 67 House Representative. A brief history about me, I was born and raised in Topeka. I went to school in the Washburn Rural district. When I was 18, I came to Kansas State University for college because it’s got the best engineering school in the state. I went on to get my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a second degree in Mathematics. Since I’m apparently a glutton for punishment, I then spent two years getting my Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. While still completing my Master’s, I worked for GE Aviation in town for 2.5 years. Then I got an offer at CivicPlus that allowed me to stay in Manhattan longer (and drink beer at work). Before my engineering career, I also spent a good deal of time in the service industry; about 5 years of waiting tables at 3 different restaurants. I’ve also worked as a tutor at Kansas State as well as Sylvan Learning Center. Over the last ten years, I’ve also acted as Director of Engineering for Primary Mobile Med International, a startup company which turns shipping containers into mobile medical clinics for Third World Countries and disaster relief.
In March, I organized the Manhattan March for Our Lives sister march. I joined Moms Demand Action shortly thereafter as their Spokesperson and Media Lead.
On May 30, my wife, Simran, and I welcomed our first child, Athena, into the world. The memories I’ll make with my family in this city are just one of the many reasons I’ve tried hard to stay here. And I want other Kansas families – all families, of all shapes and all sizes – to have those adventures, those memories, of this state, too. My wish to make these experiences a reality for all Kansans is what pushed me over the edge from an activist to a candidate.
I want to bring Kansas into a safe and inclusive future; a future where our children are protected and surrounded by love and acceptance for all. A future where Kansas is a shining example of education, healthcare, and inclusion for the rest of the country, motivating companies and jobs to move into the state.