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Letter: Farm Women United Endorses Friedenberg for Agricultural Policy

on May 16, 2019 4:00 AM

Farm Women United (FWU) submitted a series of farm, dairy crisis, and food related questions to the two candidates running in the special election for the 12th Congressional District seat vacated with the resignation of former Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA). FWU had originally invited both candidates, Fred Keller (R) and Marc Friedenberg (D), to attend  a "Farm-Food Forum: Meet the Candidates" event scheduled to be held at the Montoursville Area High School, on April 27, 2019, so that the public could attend to hear directly from the candidates how they responded to the FWU questions that Mr. Keller and Mr. Friedenberg  were to receive in advance.

The public "Farm-Food Forum" would also have allowed the audience time to ask the candidates some of their own questions about federal farm, dairy, and food policies affecting farmers, consumers, and the rural communities in the 12th Congressional District. Mr. Friedenberg accepted FWU's invitation to participate in the "Forum," but Mr. Keller declined to attend the event even though there was no scheduling conflict.

FWU elected to send the questions to the candidates directly and is now publishing their responses for public scrutiny so the citizens can see where these candidates stand on vital federal agricultural policies that threaten the viability of rural communities and the consumers' fresh, local food supply, including the 12th Congressional District.

FWU would like to sincerely thank Marc Friedenberg for making a dedicated effort to understand agricultural issues and taking the time to thoughtfully answer the entire questionnaire. Fred Keller expressed support for whole milk in the National School Lunch Program and SNAP, which are very important issues, but declined to answer the questionnaire or address matters that are severely undermining the “free market” in dairy, agriculture and food in general in the 12th Congressional District and beyond.

Based on the interaction of the candidates with FWU and responses received from both candidates, FWU has announced its Agricultural Policy Endorsement of Marc Friedenberg. FWU endorses candidates on Agricultural Policy only. The replies of both candidates are posted on the Farm Women United website:

Tina Carlin

FWU Executive Director 


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