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Fourth candidate joins race for Pa. 103rd House District

By: - November 13, 2023 1:25 pm
Democratic candidate for Pa. House District 103 Jesse Monoski (Photo via Monoski campaign)

Democratic candidate for Pa. House District 103 Jesse Monoski (Photo via Monoski campaign)

A fourth candidate has entered the Democratic race to succeed state Rep. Patty Kim in the mid-state 103rd House District.

Jesse Monoski, a Lemoyne Borough Council Member and an executive director for the Pennsylvania State Senate Democratic Caucus, formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic-friendly seat on Monday morning.

“I am honored to embark on this journey to represent the people of the 103rd District,” Monoski said in a press release. “Together, we can prioritize the needs and aspirations of every resident, and fight for policies that address real issues facing working families.”

Monoski, a Cumberland County native, said his campaign will focus on defending Pennsylvania’s pro-choice laws, advocating for increased support for senior benefits programs, and fighting for more affordable, high-quality childcare.

Monoski joins a crowded field of Democrats who announced their intentions for the race after Kim announced in mid-October that she is running for the state Senate’s 15th District in 2024. 

Tina Nixon, Mercedes Evans, and Nathan Davidson announced their candidacies in the days after Kim said she wouldn’t seek reelection in the state House. 

Nixon, a community leader who started her career in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives working for former House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis, has the support of Kim, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick, and other local elected officials.

Evans, a Camp Hill Borough councilwoman and community advocate, would be the first Latino from central Pennsylvania elected to the state House, according to her campaign. 

Davidson, who most recently served as the senior advisor on the House Appropriations Committee and previously was the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, is being backed by Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams.

Nixon and Davidson live in Dauphin County, while Evans and Monoski live in Cumberland County. 

Kim, who was first elected to represent the 103rd District in 2012, currently serves as the Chair of the House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee

Kim beat Republican challenger David Buell by 31 points in her most recent reelection bid.

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.