Who is Kim Klacik? Candidate From the Viral Ad, Biography, Wiki
Kim Klacik is a Republican candidate for Maryland‘s 7th District, a seat formerly held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. Klacik, the owner of a nonprofit who is also a member of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee, drew national attention with an ad for Congress that has gone viral.
The 38-year-old is a Trump supporter who has blasted Democrats for not doing more in the district where she is running to become elected. As the winner of the Republican primary, she will face off against current U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume.
So my daughter is literally my best friend & this is what we spend our time doing before she goes to bed.
Our pretend YouTube channel 💗
Found this as I was clearing space in my phone 😂 pic.twitter.com/hG8gVpYis1
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) August 13, 2020
According to HITC.com, Klacik was born on January 19, 1982 in Accokeek, Maryland as Kimberly Bray. She is James (passed away on February 21, 2019) and the daughter of Katrina and the sister of Kyle and Corey, who are two brothers.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Klacik instead entered Bowie University, where he was interested in being a broadcast reporter before focusing on political activism.
Klacik also said that Güneş was bullied because of a medical condition called alopecia that caused hair loss when he was 15 years old; As a result, he said he dropped out of school. However, she eventually regained her confidence and became a beauty pageant contender.
According to a 2002 Baltimore Sun article, Klacik spent time with State Farm insurance as a rental property and casualty insurer.
Competing in pageants, bridal shows, assisting hundreds w/employment…my life was simple.
Now, I’ve got plans to…
After being engaged for three years, Klacik married a Pennsylvania businessman named Jeffrey Klacik in May 2013, HITC.com reported. The couple has a daughter named Olivia Ann Klacik, born on July 29, 2016.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Klacik lives in the 6th district of Maryland, but said he would move to the 7th district if elected, although there was no residency requirement.
7+ years I’ve been busting my butt for FREE to get women employed. 200+ women went to work thanks to volunteers w/@potentialmenonp. I reached out to City Hall dozens of times, not for me, but for those in need. Rejected bcuz of pay for play. Resign! @mayorbcyoung @CouncilPresBMS pic.twitter.com/BEBF17FrcM
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) December 13, 2019
In 2013, Klacik established a non-profit organization called “Potential Me”, which provides workforce development services to underserved women. According to the website, “it helped close to 200 women gain profitable employment (30% of them) achieved financial independence.”
So did anyone guess Latoya was 19 weeks pregnant under that sweatshirt?! Latoya has had a lot thrown her way. Struggled a bit with homelessness, but now she’s in an apartment & ready to work.
Thanks to monetary donations, she said she feels like a new woman! Confidence is 🔑 pic.twitter.com/4NitDA9sqX
— Potential Me (@potentialmenonp) December 12, 2019
At the non-profit organization, Klacik said on its website that Klacik is helping women re-enter (women returning to society after imprisonment) as it helps them provide skills in payroll management. According to the Baltimore Sun, Klacik also distributed clothes at the Gilmor House in West Baltimore as part of his reach there.
We, Journals, reported that Klacik’s nonprofit organization Sagamore Development Company was able to move to a 1,272 square meter area near the City Garage for free in 2017.
Close to 1k doors knocked today! We are planning another canvass for Tuesday. Join us if you can!
Email- firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer info
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) August 8, 2020
According to the Baltimore Sun, Klacik was inspired to show the conditions in Elijah Cummings’ district after seeing his outrage over the conditions of migrants being held at the Mexican border. She posted photos of trash and the result of illegal dumping in her neighborhoods, arguing that Cummings should be equally as outraged about that issue.
After her posts, Klacik was invited to speak on Fox News and has made regular appearances since, at one point, calling the district “the most dangerous in the city,” which the Sun reported as untrue.
Not all were pleased with how she entered the political stage, such as City Councilman Eric T. Costello who told the Baltimore Sun, “The real shame here is that Ms. Klacik is more concerned with self-promotion and scoring a couple thousands retweets by shaming our city.” Other representatives have also accused her of cherry-picking areas of the 7th district, which also includes suburban areas, for political gain.
However, Klacik said that she just wanted to bring attention to the issue, and told the Sun, “Hopefully people understand I never had bad intentions. I never wanted this to become a political mess. I wanted Baltimore officials to see these conditions and to do something about it.”
It is not Klacik’s first time running for office. She attempted to beat Mfume – who currently has the seat – in an April 28 special general election held to fill Cummings’ seat. Mfume won. Since then, Klacik won the Republican primary with 40.7% of the vote and will get another opportunity to take on Mfume during the November 3 general election.
Klacik released a nearly three-minute video walking up and down the streets of Baltimore and slamming Democrats for the state of the city. That video has since gone viral and been viewed 9.8 million times on Twitter.
Here is a transcript of the video:
Do you care about Black lives? The people that run Baltimore don’t. I can prove it. Walk with me. They don’t want you to see this.
I am Kim Klacik. This is Baltimore – the real Baltimore. This is the reality for Black people every single day. Crumbling infrastructure, abandon homes, poverty, and crime.
Baltimore has been one by the Democratic Party for 53 years. What is the result their decades of leadership? The top five most dangerous cities in America; the murder rate in Baltimore is 10 times the US average; the Baltimore poverty rate is over 20%; homicide, drug and alcohol deaths are skyrocketing in our city.
Do you believe Black Lives Matter? I do. The vast majority of crime in Baltimore is perpetrated against Black people, who make up 60% of the population. So why don’t we care about our communities?
The Democratic Party (has) betrayed the Black people of Baltimore. If the politicians walked the streets like I do, they would see exactly how their policies and corruption affects us. But they don’t want to see it. They don’t want you to see this. Go to any Black neighborhood in Baltimore and ask this question: ‘Do you want to defund the police?’
The shot switches to three Black people. One is an older man who says his three sons were killed in Baltimore, who says he doesn’t want to defund police. “I think if defund the police officers, it is going to be worser [sic] than that. So no, I am opposed to that.”
The shot switches to a woman who says “no” to defunding police and then a different man, who also says no. “No, absolutely not,” he says. “What are you going to defund the police for? Why? How do you defend your city, your community? Families are losing people.”
The shot switches back to Klacik.
It’s not just in Baltimore. The worst place for a Black person to live in America is a democrat controlled city. It’s 2020, name a blue city where Black people live and things have gotten better. Try, I’ll wait.
The video shows dilapidated buildings, piles of trash and broken windows. “Look at this,” Klacik says. “How are children supposed to live here and play here?”
Klacik then ends the video with a call to action.
Democrats think Black people are stupid. They think they can control us forever. But we won’t demand better and that will keep voting for them. Despite what they have done to our families and our communities. Are they right?
I am Kim Klacik. And I’m running for Congress because I actually care about Black lives. All Black Lives Matter. Our community matters. Baltimore matters. And Black people don’t have to vote Democrat.
Klacik released a thank you video on August 19 for the support she has received.
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) August 19, 2020
Klacik received a resounding confirmation from Trump, who wrote on Twitter that he would be working with him to improve Baltimore.
Kimberly will work with the Trump Administration and we will bring Baltimore back, and fast. Don’t blow it Baltimore, the Democrats have destroyed your city! https://t.co/PDdjgxbIHu
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2020
As chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee, Trump carried out attacks on Elijah Cummings, who investigated various allegations that Trump had committed unenforceable crimes. The Congressman died last year at the age of 68.
Klacik also appears to be close to the Trump family and members of the Trump circle, retweeting another photograph of Trump and Rudy Giuliani standing between him and glowing after he “clashed” with “beautiful Lara Trump”.
“Kim is an exciting new voice in Maryland politics,” said Klacik, from former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich. She understands – their positions on jobs, tax policy, small business growth and school choice are well-grounded and on cross-partisan lines…. Kim represents an impressive new generation of GOP candidates…. Get to know him – our state has a bright future on the political scene. ”
According to CBS-local, history shows that Klacik has been quite difficult as Klacik has not received more than 27 percent of the votes in the 7th District in the last 18 years.
Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019