The 2019 Cumberland County Commissioners’ election will have a complete ballot, with local artist and farm advocate Kate McGraw announcing Tuesday that she will seek one of the Democratic nominations.
McGraw, a native and resident of Monroe Township, highlighted her agricultural background in a campaign announcement.
“Agriculture is one of our greatest assets in Pennsylvania, and particularly in Cumberland County,” McGraw said. “As a vocal and hardworking advocate for Pennsylvania’s farmers, I am committed to preserving our prime farmland and majestic open spaces.”
In her announcement, McGraw also voiced support for “bipartisan leadership practices, promoting anti-sprawl measures to curb aggressive development, ensuring health care access for populations including the elderly and those suffering from opioid addiction, and improvements in infrastructure to raise travel safety standards across the region.”
McGraw is an at-large member of the Cumberland County Agricultural Land Preservation Board, and a member of the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association and Cumberland County Historical Society, according to her campaign.
A 1996 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School, McGraw earned bachelor’s degrees from Penn State University, and a master’s degree from Brooklyn College. She also has completed coursework through the University of Vermont’s New Farmer Project & Women’s Agricultural Network, according to her campaign.
As an artist, she has held recent exhibitions at Penn State University’s Robeson Gallery and the 2018 edition of Ag Progress Days.
All three Cumberland County commissioners’ seats are up for election in 2019 for four-year terms.
At the May 21 primary, each party will select two candidates for the general ballot. Voters in the Nov. 5 general election then select three candidates, creating a board with two majority-party commissioners and one minority-party commissioner.
The county’s two current Republican commissioners, Gary Eichelberger and Vince DiFilippo, have announced their intention to run for re-election.
Democratic commissioner Jim Hertzler has announced his retirement, leaving the Democratic ticket open.
Michael Fedor, a former teacher and state treasury official from Hampden Township, announced last month his intention to run for a Democratic commissioner nomination. On Wednesday, Jean Foschi, a member of the Upper Allen Township zoning board, also announced that she would run for county commissioner as a Democrat.