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Boser to Challenge Thompson in New 15th District

by on May 15, 2018 10:12 PM

Susan Boser, of Indiana County, captured the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania's new 15th Congressional District, defeating Wade Jodun, of Patton Township, in Tuesday's primary.

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor will now face Republican incumbent Rep. Glenn Thompson in November's election. Thompson was unchallenged in the GOP primary.

Centre County was previously within the old 5th District. Under the new congressional map issued by the state Supreme Court in February, the county was split in two. State College and the Centre Region municipalities -- with the exception of Patton Township and half of Halfmoon Township -- and Penns Valley moved to the new 12th, with the rest of the county in the 15th, where Thompson is now the incumbent.

The rest of the new 15th is comprised of all or part of Clearfield, Cameron, Cambria, Elk, Indiana, Jefferson, Armstrong, Clarion, Forest, Venango, Butler, Warren and McKean counties.

In the 12th District, four-term incumbent Tom Marino, of Lycoming County, defeated challenger Doug McLinko for the Republican nomination, but the Democratic primary was still too close to call early on Wednesday morning.

With only one precinct outstanding, Marc Friedenberg, of Ferguson Township, unofficially led Susquehanna County's Judy Herschel by a margin of 306 votes. Friedenberg easily captured the Centre County vote, with 4,878 ballots in his favor to Herschel's 975.

Boser, who before teaching at IUP had 20 years experience in human services in rural New York, placed an emphasis on rural issues during her primary campaign. She said her priorities include support for small businesses and agriculture, infrastructure improvements, access to high-speed internet and battling the opioid crisis.

Jodun initially planned to challenge Thompson in the old 5th. At the time, Jodun resided in Clinton County, but moved to Patton Township after redistricting. He did carry Centre County, with 2,140 votes to Boser's 1,085 with 88 of 91 precincts reporting.

Boser will face a tough task in challenging Thompson, who is seeking his sixth term in office. Though Pennsylvania's redistricting is expected to make Democrats more competitive in some of the the state's districts, political prognosticators uniformly predict the 15th to be safely Republican.

Centre County's state legislature primaries were all uncontested. These will be the local legislative races in the fall:

■ 34th Senatorial District
Ezra Nanes, State College Borough, Centre County
Jake Corman, Benner Township, Centre County

■ 76th Legislative District
Mike Hanna Jr., Lock Haven, Clinton County
Stephanie Borowicz, Wayne Township, Clinton County

■ 77th Legislative District
Scott Conklin, Rush Township, Centre County

■ 81st Legislative District
Rick Rogers, Shirley Township, Huntingdon County
Rich Irwin, Spruce Creek Township, Huntingdon County

■ 171st Legislative District
Erin McCracken, Millheim Borough, Centre County
Kerry Benninghoff, Bellefonte Borough, Centre County


Watch editor Geoff Rushton's C-NET candidate interview with Susan Boser below

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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