State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta has announced he is running for U.S. Senate for Pennsylvania.
The representative is no stranger to the Temple community as he is an alumnus of the class of 2012, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in public communication. Kenyatta was also involved in Temple Student Government.
If he were to be elected this would make Kenyatta Pennsylvania’s first Black and first openly gay senator.
Representative Kenyatta says this would mean more than being the “first,” but it would be a representation of all people which he says is needed now more than ever in the U.S. Senate.
“If we’re ever going to address the needs of all of our people, we have to have some version of all of our people represented in the place where all of those needs are supposed to be getting met,” he said.
The Representative also noted where he believed people in the country were not represented.
“So many of us know what it’s like to have that knot in the pit of your stomach every time the Supreme Court is in session because you don’t know which one of your basic rights are going to be taken away or at least up for debate,” said Rep. Kenyatta.
For this reason, Kenyatta says the state and country must come together to create change.
“The way America succeeds, the way it has, and will, is that every generation steps up,” he said, “steps up to protect and expand the promise of America.”
Kenyatta won’t be the only Democratic candidate running for the Pennsylvania Senate seat.
When asked of his competitor, Lt. Governor John Fetterman, the representative acknowledged other campaigns will occur but he says his focus is on the people.
“Everybody has to do their own PR, my job is to talk about me and to talk about what I’m going to do for the state of Pennsylvania if people entrust me with their vote and folks can go to Malcolmkenyatta.com to learn about what I want to do and I’ll leave it there.”