West Manheim Twp. Democrat to challenge Klunk in 2020

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Kiem LeGrant, of Dover Township, announced he will be running against state Rep. Kate Klunk in 2020.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to accurately reflect where Kiem LeGrant lives.

The vice president of the York County Young Democrats will run against state Rep. Kate Klunk in the 2020 election.

Kiem LeGrant, a 26-year-old West Manheim Township resident, announced late last week he would vie for the three-term Republican's 169th District seat that represents multiple southern York County municipalities.

"I feel like I would represent the district a lot better (than Klunk)," LeGrant said. "I'm not saying anything bad about her, but I feel like I could do a solid job and bring people together."

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LeGrant grew up in Bonneauville, Adams County, before moving to Dover when he was 12 years old. He went on to attend Shippensburg University, where he majored in political science and minored in economics. 

The Democrat narrowly lost a Dover Township supervisor race in 2016 and has actively worked in several local elections. He also served as the logistics director for former Democratic U.S. House candidate George Scott, who lost to Rep. Scott Perry in last year's midterms by less than three points.

LeGrant, who was elected in February as vice president of the York County Young Democrats, briefly described criminal justice reform, tax reform and ensuring students' access to school lunches as some top priorities. He wants to wait to lay out more specific proposals, he added. 

"I plan to be the district's voice by fighting for the things that mean the most to them and reaching across the aisle to get things accomplished," LeGrant said. "I’m here to restore civility in politics; I’m here to take care of my constituents; and, last but not least, I’m here to win."

Klunk, who easily defeated Democratic candidate Sarah Hammond with more than 70% of the vote in last year's midterms, didn't respond to inquiries for comment. 

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD