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A community advocate announces a bid for a House seat representing Cumberland and Dauphin counties


Community advocate Heather MacDonald has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the redesigned 103rd House District seat representing parts of Dauphin and Cumberland County.

MacDonald, 35, of Camp Hill, hopes to be not only the first Democrat to represent West Bank communities that have been added to this district, but also the first openly LGBTQ+ candidate to represent both sides of the Susquehanna River.

“I am determined to give back to this community that has given me so much. Having lived in poverty as a single mother, I have seen how a social safety net and a strong education system can help people transform their lives,” MacDonald said.

“I will be a strong voice in the Capitol building for living wages and fair school funding, and I will fight to dismantle systems of racial oppression and provide equal protections for our LGBTQAI neighbors. Harrisburg and the West Shore are ready for a young, dynamic candidate committed to deep and lasting change.

MacDonald, who failed in a 2020 three-person primary contest for a House seat, works for a family-owned brokerage firm with locations in Dauphin and Cumberland counties, selling residential real estate.

She is involved in a number of community organizations, including serving on the board of directors for the Central Pennsylvania MLK Service Day Committee and organizing campaigns for the Central PA Blood Bank, the Immigration and Refugee Program. refugees from CWS Lancaster and Speranza Animal Rescue.

The seat she is seeking to fill is currently held by State Representative Patty Kim, a Democrat from Harrisburg.

The redesigned 103rd House District now includes the township of East Pennsboro and the boroughs of Camp Hill, Lemoyne, and Wormleysburg in Cumberland County and part of the town of Harrisburg in Dauphin County.

Jan Murphy can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @JanMurphy.