Pennsylvania gay representative enters Senate race in 2022

Malcolm Kenyatta has announced that he will run for the open seat of the United States Senate in Pennsylvania in 2022.

The Pennsylvania state representative for the second term, nicknamed a “rising star” at last year’s Democratic National Convention, his decision announced in an interview on MSNBC LeReidOut.

Kenyatta told host Joy Reid that there is nothing “written on a tablet that says America must succeed.”

“America succeeds because every generation comes together to protect and develop America’s promise – a promise that for too long excluded so many working families whose lives were difficult before.” COVID, and this deadly pandemic has made those cracks worse, ”Kenyatta said.

He continued, “And so I know we have the opportunity right now to develop that promise, to make sure that we have a country that doesn’t just talk about justice and fairness for all, but actually delivers it. real, and it is with faith in this mission and joy in my heart that I announce here tonight that I will be a candidate for the United States Senate to represent the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “

He joins a comrade Democrats Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and former Norristown Borough Councilor John McGuigan in the race to replace retirees Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

Kenyatta was first elected as a state representative in 2018, and in no time has made a name for himself with passionate speeches on topics such as raising the minimum wage and reform. state police laws.

He told MSNBC that his top priorities in the race for the Senate seat were increasing the minimum wage, student loan relief and clean energy. Kenyatta added that he had already gained approval from the American Federation of Teachers and the Working Families Party, a third party active in City of Philadelphia politics.

If elected, he would become the first gay to come out Black male – and first homosexual male to come out – elected to the United States Senate.

Harris Wofford revealed his homosexuality in 2016, more than two decades after leaving the Senate. Tammy Baldwin was the first lesbian woman to openly sit in the Senate, joined in 2019 by Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual senator.

Malcolm Kenyatta: “The government has not worked for working families like mine”

Shortly after his interview on MSNBC, Kenyatta posted a campaign ad on Twitter and began crowdfunding for his political campaign.

In the ad he says he knows what it’s like to see an eviction notice on the door and have a minimum wage job, which he started doing at the age of 12. years.

“Unfortunately, my story is not that unique,” ​​Kenyatta says. “This is familiar to Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth. “

He said, “We must choose: are we going to walk the path of darkness, or are we ready to bring a new day to Pennsylvania?”

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