Donning what has now become her signature red dress and heels, Republican Kimberly Klacik took to the streets of Baltimore in a Twitter video to draw attention to the city’s blight that Democrats don’t want black voters to see.
Democrats don’t want you to see this.
They’re scared that I’m exposing what life is like in Democrat run cities.
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) August 17, 2020
Klacik, a nonprofit founder and Baltimore County Republican Central committee member who won the Republican nomination in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District primary in February, faced off with U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume in April’s general election to fill the seat vacated by the late Elijah Cummings.
Mfume prevailed in a mostly vote-by-mail contest to reclaim a Baltimore-area congressional seat he held for 10 years before he left to head the NAACP. Maryland’s 7th District has never been represented by a Republican.
Her video about trash and blight in West Baltimore in July got the attention of President Donald Trump, who had criticized Cummings because his district had become “disgusting” and “rat and rodent infested,” under Democratic control, despite billions of taxpayer dollars at his disposal.
Klacik’s nonprofit, Potential Me, focuses on workforce development for disadvantaged women. She also supports President Trump’s economic revitalization agenda, encouraging homeownership and improving oversight of federal dollars.
The candidate’s video exposing the “real” Baltimore has not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by her growing list of Twitter followers. Her message has been resonating with thousands of Maryland voters, causing speculation that a red wave might be coming to the area.
Even though the district’s voters are 68% Democratic, with just 16% Republican voters and the rest unaffiliated or belonging to third parties, it will be difficult for any candidate who is not a Democrat to win the seat; but, given the current political climate, not impossible.
A Republican win in the special general election would prove to be a massive upset to the Democrats’ sustained heavy-handed control on the city.