Topeka native announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Universal African Peoples Organization held a news conference Tuesday to announce the candidacy of Monique Singh-Bey for U.S. Senate.

As a member of the UAPO, Singh-Bey believes that the percentage of African-Americans in power should reflect the percentage of African-Americans in the given population.

Singh-Bey used the United States Senate as an example. The U.S. Senate consists of 100 members and only two of them are black. Since African-Americans make up 13 percent of the United States population, she believes 13 of those senators should be African-American also.

Singh-Bey is also an advocate for education. She hopes to find a way to make today's youth more politically aware so they can think independently.

"I would like more education for our children -- to get them politically developed. I think it's very sad that we do not encourage this. There's no fight and I'm sick of it. I've always always wanted to do something about what's going on in our community -- starting right here in Topeka."

Singh-Bey grew up in Topeka and is now a resident of Wyandotte County.