Patricia Hernandez, a long-time resident of the Northeast community has lived in Northeast for nearly 14 years of her life.
A resident of Indian Mound neighborhood, she is the executive vice-president of the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association and the Democratic Committeewoman for Ward 12, which includes Lykins and Indian Mound.
Originally from the westside, her family has a long history in Kansas City.
Her grandmother’s family is originally from Texas and her great-grandfather helped build the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad, prompting her family to settle in Kansas City.
Her grandfather, Geronimo “Jerry” Hernandez, played for the Argentine Eagles, a Mexican-American baseball club in Kansas City.
“The first time I heard about that club was from a community input session at the Kansas City Museum. I had no idea it existed, and little did I know my grandpa was on the team,” she said.
Hernandez said she loves to engage her community, especially the kids, in different events like the annual pumpkin patch festival.
One of her projects she is working on is the 2020 Census and engaging non-English speakers to participate.
Her love for the Northeast drives her community involvement and fuels her passion for her work.
“I love living in the Northeast,” she said. “On my block, there’s an empty lot and any time it’s relatively warm, the kids go play soccer. I was talking to one of the kids who is from Sudan who speaks four languages. I just love that. I love driving around and seeing all the parks being utilized, I love the history that’s here, and I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of the Northeast.”