Get to Know Kate
Kate McGraw, Democratic candidate for Cumberland County Commissioner
Kate McGraw is a Cumberland County native, born in Carlisle, PA, and raised in a family of dairy farmers and small business owners in rural Monroe Township. The scenic Appalachian Trail and majestic Cumberland County farmland were in Kate’s childhood backyard, and are her home.
A 1996 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School, Kate McGraw, served as senior class president, before heading off to college to earn two undergraduate degrees from Penn State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brooklyn College. Through the University of Vermont’s New Farmer Project & Women’s Agricultural Network, McGraw has completed coursework relevant to emerging agricultural business practices.
For the past 18 years, Kate McGraw has run a successful independent art studio, with exhibitions both in the United States and internationally, most notably in New York, Washington, DC, Switzerland and Argentina. This past summer, McGraw had a 10-year retrospective exhibition titled Manual Labor at Penn State University’s flagship Robeson Gallery. Manual Labor traveled to the 2018 edition of Penn State University’s Ag Progress Days as a way to bring art and agriculture together through community collaboration.
An At-Large member on the Cumberland County Agricultural Land Preservation Board, Kate McGraw was instrumental in the grass-roots community effort to save the historic McCormick Farm from non-agricultural development and eminent domain proceedings in 2018. McGraw is an active member of the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association and the Cumberland County Historical Society, as well as contributor to various conservation and outdoor recreation groups in South Central Pennsylvania.
Kate McGraw is committed to maintaining the best of our traditions, and respect for the values that are our roots here in Cumberland County. Kate currently lives with her husband Dave near to their large extended family in the historic village of Churchtown in Boiling Springs, PA.