According to the 2020 US Census, 25% of Pennsylvanians are people of color. Kenner says there is a portion of this diverse population that is over 18 but not registered to vote.
“Twenty percent of black people [Pennsylvanians] who are eligible to vote are unregistered – 31% of all Latinos eligible to vote, (are) unregistered and 42% of the Asian Pacific Islander community eligible to vote and unregistered,” Kenner said. “There is a huge disparity between people of color and we need to come out in record numbers and make our voices heard at the polls.”
Kenner – a graduate of Temple University – began her career working in sports television programming. She spent several years in North Carolina producing historically black college football and basketball games for television. The work ended when a transgender bathroom ban went into effect in that state. It was then that Kenner’s work in politics began.
“I got a phone call from a political campaign and asked if I wanted to volunteer – I told them I needed a job,” she said, “and when the results of that 2016 campaign didn’t work out the way many of us thought. I figured I couldn’t go back to sports television — I wanted to get out there and help defend democracy back home in Pennsylvania.
And what Kenner says is his charge. To take to the streets, knock on doors and engage voters. She believes a fully engaged and diverse electorate will change the conversation in Pennsylvania and force the Republican-controlled legislature to listen and take action on issues like minimum wage that have long stalled in the General Assembly. .
“We’ve been stuck on a $7.25 minimum wage for over 13 years,” Kenner said. “He hasn’t moved legislatively in Pennsylvania for over a decade.”