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Election 2018: 12th Congressional District

by on November 05, 2018 10:33 AM

A first-time candidate and a four-term incumbent will square off in Tuesday's election for Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District.

Democratic challenger Marc Friedenberg is going up against incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Marino for the seat. Marino has represented the previous 10th District since 2011.

The new congressional district map issued by the state Supreme Court earlier this year split Centre County into two districts: the 12th and the 15th. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, previously represented all of Centre County in the 5th District but he was moved into the 15th, which no longer includes most of the southeast portion of the county. Thompson is facing a challenge from Democrat Susan Boser, a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Friedenberg and Marino now seek to represent a district that in Centre County includes Ferguson Township, State College, Harris Township, College Township, part of Halfmoon Township and the Penns Valley Area. The 12th District also includes portions of Bradford, Clinton, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, and Wyoming counties.

Prior to winning office in the 2010 election, Marino, of Williamsport, was United States Attorney for the U.S. Middle District of Pennsylvania for eight years after serving as Lycoming County District Attorney for 10 years.

Friedenberg, of Ferguson Township, is an attorney and a faculty member in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology. Before returning to teach at his alma mater, Friedenberg worked for two law firms in pursuing cases against banks for their roles in the 2008 financial crisis.

StateCollege.com editor Geoff Rushton spoke with Friedenberg and Marino for C-NET's 2018 candidate interviews. 

The candidates discussed their qualifications, their thoughts on congressional redistricting, the divisive political climate, the economy, environment, jobs, supporting rural communities and farmers, health care, tariffs and international trade, immigration, the opioid crisis, and campaign finance.

Watch their C-NET interviews below. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. To find your polling place and which congressional and legislative districts you are in, visit centrecountyvotes.com.

Marc Friedenberg

Tom Marino



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