Boiling Springs, PA — Kate McGraw is pleased to announce her candidacy for a seat on the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners. Born in Carlisle, PA, Kate was raised in Monroe Township along the scenic Appalachian Trail and beautiful Cumberland Valley farmland. A former Independent, she garnered the highest percentage of the vote for any third party or independent candidate in Pennsylvania history in her race for PA State Representative for the 92nd Legislative District in 2016. McGraw will be collecting signatures for the 2019 Primary Election as a new member of the Democratic Party. The Primary Election will be held on May 21, 2019.

Raised in a family of dairy farmers and small business owners, Kate McGraw is an At-Large Member on the Cumberland County Agricultural Land Preservation board, and was instrumental in the grass-roots community effort to save McCormick Farm from non-agricultural development and eminent domain proceedings in 2018. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association and Cumberland County Historical Society, as well as contributor to various conservation and outdoor recreation groups in the region. Kate enjoys supporting the annual Buck-A-Book Program, which entails reading books to elementary school students who in turn read books on their own to raise money for adult literacy programs at the Employment Skills Center in Carlisle, PA.

Kate McGraw is an acclaimed regional artist with recent exhibitions at Penn State University’s Robeson Gallery and the 2018 edition of Ag Progress Days. A 1996 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School, she was senior class president before heading off to earn both BA and BFA degrees from Penn State University, and a master’s degree from Brooklyn College. McGraw has completed coursework through the University of Vermont’s New Farmer Project & Women’s Agricultural Network to broaden her horizons on emerging agricultural business practices.

“Agriculture is one of our greatest assets in Pennsylvania, and particularly in Cumberland County,” Kate says. “As a vocal and hardworking advocate for Pennsylvania’s farmers, I am committed to preserving our prime farmland and majestic open spaces.” In addition to agricultural issues, McGraw will advocate 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.

Kate McGraw lives with her husband Dave, a technology entrepreneur, along with their rambunctious cats, freshwater fish and wild birds in the historic village of Churchtown in Boiling Springs, PA.

Please join Kate for a campaign kick-off event at TJ Rockwell’s in Monroe Township on Sunday, February 17th from 2 – 4 pm. To learn more about Kate McGraw and her campaign visit http://electkatemcgraw.com or send an email to kate@electkatemcgraw.com.