Occupation: Executive director, Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus
Hometown: Excelsior Springs
Current neighborhood: Elms Boulevard in Excelsior Springs
Who or what is your sidekick? My 5-year-old daughter, Mackenzie
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? I would be a professional political activist ... oh, wait, that's what I am.
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Ventana
Where do you drink? Westport Coffeehouse or Brio ... depends on the drink.
What's your favorite charity? Good Samaritan Center
Favorite place to spend your paycheck: New York & Company
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Power & Light District
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Wabash restaurant
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when it ... " Elected Emanuel Cleaver mayor in 1991 and has continued supporting him ever since.
"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Stopped hosting the Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival.
"Kansas City needs ... " An NBA team.
"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Ran for state office in 2010.
"On my day off, I like to ... " Sleep in and spend time with my family.
"In five years, I'll be ... " Continuing my work politically and working to further rights for women.
What TV show do you make sure you watch? Parks and Recreation
____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: Fiona Apple
What movie do you watch at least once a year? The Royal Tenenbaums
What local tradition do you take part in every year? The Fringe Festival
Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Samuel L. Jackson
Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: The Onion
Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Kim Jong-un
What subscription do you value most? Utne Reader and Radiolab's podcast
Last book you read: Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity
Favorite day trip: Love going to Lawrence with my husband, walking Mass Street and eating at Free State Brewery.
What is your most embarrassing dating moment? I went to the restroom, and he had a cacti collection on the back of the stool. I bumped it just right, and one rolled off and got stuck to my backside. He had to help me pull the thorns out. Good thing he still married me!
Interesting brush with the law? I worked for Sheriff Sharp's campaign, so I probably better not say.
Describe a recent triumph: In last year's election cycle, I did work for 11 different candidates who were all successful in their campaigns.
Cole became executive director of the Greater KC Women's Political Caucus in mid-April.