About Melanie

Candidate for Lenexa City Council – Ward 3

Melanie Arroyo is 29 years old and a Lenexa resident since 2016. Prior to that, she was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, moved to Kansas City at the age of 11, and is a graduate of Shawnee Mission Schools. Melanie is incredibly proud to have become an American citizen in 2018. She currently serves as Democratic Precinct Committeewoman for the 5th precinct in Lenexa, Ward 3.

Arroyo graduated from the University of Saint Mary in 2014 with a Bachelors in Studio Art and Psychology. She continued her education at Emporia State University where she graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling and a Master’s in Art Therapy.

Arroyo is a clinical counselor and art therapist in private practice, with experience working with children and adults from a range of cultural backgrounds including inmates, individuals in substance recovery, at-risk youth, low socioeconomic status individuals, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, LGBT and people with disabilities.

If elected, Arroyo would be the only Latina serving in local office in Johnson County, as well as the only person of color on the Lenexa City Council.


Kansas State Representative Susan Ruiz (D-Lenexa) with a field of stars and underneath that, the text "Susan Ruiz, a new voice for Kansas, KS House | District 23".  Susan is the Kansas Legislature's first openly-lesbian state legislator in history. She is a warm & kind-looking older Latina lady wearing a tasteful light blue dress shirt and dark blue suit jacket.

"I've known Melanie for years and am thrilled she is stepping up for Lenexa. I know she'll do a wonderful job in seeking out a diverse array of perspectives from all Lenexans because I've seen her do exactly that numerous times in various civic & campaign roles. Lenexa needs the fresh perspective that Melanie will bring to the City Council."

"Melanie's voice will be an exciting addition to the Lenexa city council. As a mental health professional with creative solutions and a fresh perspective, I know she'll work hard to keep Lenexa the safe, welcoming, and healthy community I'm proud to call home."

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