Community Voices

Cindy Norris:

What do you love about Manhattan? 

Manhattan has been my home since I was 5 years old. I always thought I would move away after college but I love the people and the diversity in our community. I love that our community comes together for so many causes to help others.

I started my 35th year of teaching so yes, I also love my job teaching at Lee School. And one of the best things about Manhattan is Kansas State University and being able to cheer on the Wildcats!

What do you want to see improve? 

I would love to see more activities and resources for our youth. I wish we had a YMCA where adults and children could go and enjoy activities together year round. 


Katie Lane Seel:

What do you love about Manhattan?

"I was born and raised in Manhattan, but after graduating from K-State, I moved to Wichita and then to Topeka. While those cities have their perks, there is something uniquely special about Manhattan. I love our community’s compassion and sense of family. I love the vibrancy — there’s always something to do and enjoy, but the small town atmosphere endures. I love our city’s commitment to parks and trails and the priority it places on quality of life improvements. I love the diversity of our community members and how safe our town feels. In my opinion, there is no better place to raise a family."

What do you want to see improve?

"I don’t have a burning desire to see the town change this way or that. I really appreciate the efforts being made by our Parks and Rec department to continually assess needs and meet them, and I’d love to see that continue. Most of all, I want thoughtful discussion from our city leaders when weighing growth and restraint. As with most things in life, finding the right balance between the two can be challenging, but it’s up to us to elect leaders we trust to give thoughtful consideration to everything discussed by the City Commission. I completely trust Aaron to be that thoughtful and considerate leader we need!"


Katie Bachelor Stunkel:

What do you love about Manhattan?

"What I love about Manhattan is the people. I moved here with my family when I was six years old. My father was Army and after his retirement my parents decided to remain in Manhattan because this community was a wonderful place to raise a family. During my professional career , my husband and I had opportunities to live in Texas & California. Each location was uniquely great for different reasons but nothing truly stacked up to this little town in the Flint Hills. After my daughter was born we made the decision to relocate back to Manhattan because we too wanted to raise our family here. Ft.Riley and Kansas State University are huge contributing factors that make this town great. They add diversity, culture, and continue to bring new and talented members into our community. I love this town because the people are overall warm and genuine. I believe the majority of our neighbors want to be good to one another and contribute for the good of us all. Townie pride is a real thing here and I am so proud to be amongst those who call this place home." #proudtownie

What do you want to see improved?

"I want this town to offer opportunities for young families and retirees to stay, live, and thrive here. Too often do I see recent graduates or young families move away due to better job opportunities and more affordable housing. I have also seen an increase in retirees choosing to live in different states all together because it's more affordable elsewhere to live while on a fixed income. I'd like for this town to help those wanting to stay in our community to find a pathway to do so.