MEET KIM MANGONE
My life experiences include being a USAF Veteran, an aircraft mechanic, a systems engineer and a single working mom. While working full time, I went to college and earned my bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics.
My time spent as a systems engineer has provided me with the skills I need to not only identify but to find solutions to the problems and challenges in our district.
As a systems engineer I was responsible for finding solutions and resolving the issues and challenges on the projects I worked on. To do this I worked with diverse groups of people to identify the actual cause of an issue. I would research ways to fix not just the immediate problem but to also fix what actually caused the problem in the first place. I would fight to make sure the solutions we had found were implemented, even when the solutions were unpopular.
I served in the USAF for six years. First as an aircraft mechanic and then as a flight engineer. There still weren’t many female aircraft mechanics when I joined, which meant I not only had to work hard but I had to fight to stay a mechanic. My time in the AF and as a veteran allows me to understand the challenges faced by our active duty military, military families and my fellow veterans.
I worked as an aircraft mechanic with a defense contractor when I first left the military. As a mechanic I understood how important the unions in this nation are. It was only because of those unions that I had benefits and earned a wage that could support my family.
As a single working mom, I raised my daughter while working full time and furthering my own education. The challenges I overcame were balancing home and work, finding child care, and ensuing our financial security. My daughter Kathryn, is grown now and is a wonderful, independent woman.
As the Representative of CA District 23, I will bring my skills and experience to understand what my constituents need and then go to Washington D.C. and fight to enact the solutions that will help our district.