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Navy veteran adds her name to the list of Democrats seeking open House seat

Patriot-News - 1/12/2024

A Navy veteran and Harrisburg community activist is entering the crowded field of candidates pursuing the Democratic nomination in the April 23 primary for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing parts of Dauphin and Cumberland counties.

Laura Harding, a 45-year-old Camp Hill native who resides in Harrisburg, announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 103rd state House District seat that is being vacated by Democratic Rep. Patty Kim, who is running the Senate seat. That seat has been occupied by two-term incumbent Sen. John DiSanto who has decided not to seek re-election.

Harding joins Democratic legislative staffer Nathan Davidson, Camp Hill Borough Council member Mercedes Evans, longtime CEO of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg Tina Nixon, and Senate Democratic staffer Jesse Monoski in the field of candidates pursuing their party’s nomination.

Having lived on the West Shore for 10 years and now being a Harrisburg resident for the last 20 years, Harding said she believes she is well suited to represent the interests of people living on both sides of the Susquehanna as well as their unique differences.

“I can really connect the best on the issues that this district needs,” said Harding, who has a degree in public policy from Penn State Harrisburg and served as a legislative fellow in the House. While in that role, she helped draft legislation that became law to expand the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team as her final project.

On her website, she lists criminal justice reform, economic reform, education equity and public health, public transportation and infrastructure investment, tax reform and wages and working conditions as her top areas of concern.

Harding served six years of active duty in the Navy works as a self-employed consultant and researcher. She has been active in the Harrisburg community serving as president of the Camp Curtin Neighborhoods United, a nonprofit serving the Uptown and Camp Curtin neighborhoods. She was appointed to the Act 141 Advisory Committee and the William Penn High School Task Force for the city’s school district. This is her inaugural run for an elective office.

The 103rd House District includes parts of Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Lemoyne, Wormleysburg and East Pennsboro Township.

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