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Miami politician's heart remains in Kansas City, with Chiefs

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 20:26:32-05

MIAMI — From her office window, Andreana Jackson has the perfect view of Biscayne Bay on the Atlantic coast of south Florida.

"When you think of living in Florida, you think of living on the water (and) being surrounded by beautiful palm trees," Jackson, a North Bay Village commissioner, said.

It's one of the reasons Jackson decided to pack up her car and move to south Florida, a nearly 21-hour drive from the Kansas City area.

Jackson grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas, which is where she decided to pursue a career in public service.

"It was always about being an informed citizen and that's what I did when I came here, she said. "It was a small municipality, and I was able to get involved."

Jackson was appointed as a city commissioner in 2015. She ran for her seat in 2016 and became the first African American to be elected as a North Bay Village commissioner.

Now, the Kansas native is rooting for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, which will be played Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in her adopted home.

"I watch the Chiefs," Jackson said. "I watch Sporting Kansas City, when I get the chance, and the Kansas City Royals. I'm really happy for everyone at home, and it's nice to know that Midwestern feel is coming down here this weekend."