Democrat Ken Lee Announces Candidacy to Replace Retiring Todd Platts

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When Congressman Todd Platts announced Tuesday that he would not seek a seventh term, Republicans throughout the newly gerrymandered 4th District were shocked that a highly popular and electorally safe Congressman would retire just because he made a commitment to do so after 6 terms.

Already, GOP candidates are jumping to replace Platts.  So far both York County Commissioners, PA State Representative Scott Perry, PA State Senator Mike Waugh, and of course Baltimore County Police Sergeant Ted Waga.

Despite the eagerness of basically every Republican elected official in the 4th District to jump into this supposedly “safe” race, the gerrymandering process has actually made the seat friendlier to Democrats.  When the 19th District became the 4th District, it went from an electoral bloc that voted 57% for John McCain in 2008 to one that would have given him only 53%.

In fact, the 4th District now has 196,051 Republicans, 152,731 Democrats, and 56,460 Independents, which equates to a net gain of about 23,000 Democrats compared to the former 19th District.

Given the new composition of the district, and in light of the changing winds from the Platts retirement, Harrisburg Attorney and Pennsylvania State Democratic Committeeman Ken Lee announced his candidacy for the 4th Congressional District at a meeting of the York County Democrats on Saturday.

According to Lee’s profile on the Tucker Arensberg website, Ken “practices in the areas of commercial contracts and the litigation thereof, construction litigation, construction-related insurance matters, municipal and government contracts, and surety law.”

Lee has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2006 to 2011 in the Construction Law category and has also been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2006 to 2012 in the Construction/Surety Law Category.

Ken also sits on the Board of Directors of The National Civil War Museum, the Allocation Committee of the Capital Region United Way, and the Scholarship Committee of Executive Women International.

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger has been a contributing writer at Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger primarily covers campaigns and elections, drawing from his experience working on municipal, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, communications, and campaign management. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger
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