Margie Wakefield said people want members of the Congress to work together to find solutions to problems.
"Right now, we need to be talking about non-partisanship," she said.
Wakefield, 55, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd District of Kansas, which includes Leavenworth County. The Lawrence Democrat believes she can use skills from her professional life as an attorney to help bring people to to the table and find common ground.
"Just saying no all the time isn't a plan," she said.
She said this is not the way to solve big problems.
The 2nd Congressional District currently is represented by Lynn Jenkins, a Republican from Topeka.
Wakefield visited Leavenworth last week for the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade.
She said education is an issue that's important to people in the 2nd District. She said Social Security and Medicare also is important to people.
She said a revenue shortfall for Social Security may be covered by closing tax loopholes.
"And people are worried about jobs," Wakefield said. "We need to expand the economy."
She said people need jobs that pay enough for people to support families.
Originally from St. Joseph, Mo., Wakefield at one point worked in a Topeka office of then Sen. Bob Dole, a Republican. She worked on constituent services.
Wakefield received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She later graduated from the University of Kansas law school. She runs her own law practice.
Wakefield acknowledged that, if elected, she would be only one member of Congress. But her goal would be to start forging relationships.