Celebrating Moms on the Trail: Kate Sanchez

Women’s Public Leadership Network (WPLN) is featuring stories from mothers seeking or serving in public office to celebrate Mother’s Day. WPLN's Director of Strategic Impact, Mercedes Blackwood, interviewed Kate Sanchez, former Executive Director of WPLN’s state partner, California Women’s Leadership Association. Check out the conversation to hear about her experience balancing service to her family and community!

Kate Sanchez is a businesswoman, taxpayer advocate, mother, and candidate for California’s State Assembly District 71. Kate has an extensive career in government and public service. Currently, she serves as a national board member with Maverick PAC and the state finance director with the California Young Republican Federation. Kate is a current California Women’s Leadership Association member and former Executive Director. She has worked for lawmakers and as the Development Associate for the California Policy Center.

[WPLN]: Tell us a little bit about your decision to run. What motivated you, and what did you hope to accomplish in office?

[Kate Sanchez]: As a working mother of a 9-year-old son, the personal really is political. We are undoubtedly our child’s biggest advocate, so when letters to local officials, calls, and rallies went unanswered during the Coronavirus pandemic, I said, “enough. We need a new, unapologetic voice in the state capitol that will fight for the personal freedoms of all people in the district, especially our children.”

I have spent my entire career working with impactful lawmakers and purpose-driven non-profits focused on introducing policy solutions that make government more efficient and reflective of the communities in California. 

Now more than ever mothers from all walks of life are running for office bringing the whole of their experiences to the campaign trail. Which is why, I will be a fierce champion for smaller government, modern job growth, constitutional liberties, and greater opportunity.

What was that conversation like with your family as you were making this decision?

I come from an incredibly supportive, hardworking family and as the granddaughter of two military service members so being involved in the community is second nature. In California, our children, families, and small businesses need an advocate to fight for them today- not tomorrow, or 10 years from now. So, the conversation and decision to run for state assembly has been focused on how to navigate raising a child with a demanding career. Which requires creativity, flexibility, patience, humor, and grace.

Are your kids participating in any aspects of your campaign? How about now that you are in office?

My son has campaigned alongside me in support of candidates and important issues since the time he could walk! Now that he is older, he comes to most events and has been so helpful throughout the campaign. But his favorite part so far? Helping mom put up yard signs!


Were there any difficult situations that you had to overcome in regards to balancing your public service and family life?

I come from a long line of strong working women. My grandmother was one of the first women to receive a master’s degree from Avila University in Kansas, served on the city council while she ran a family-owned business, and raised eleven school-aged children. My mother is a registered nurse and businesswoman. Therefore, I’ve learned how important time management and organization are while still being flexible to life demands. So, for all those moms out there, we know every day brings a new set of challenges, and yet we find the fortitude to get it done. When we surround ourselves with the right team, anything is possible.

What advice would you give, or a piece of wisdom you wish you’d known?

The piece of advice I would give would be, “Find your why and show up authentic.” As well as, “focus on being part of the solution, not the noise.”

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

On Mother’s Day my son will make a special breakfast and then we will be getting out the vote!


Thank you to Kate Sanchez for sharing your experience with WPLN!