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Watch: Centre County League of Women Voters Candidates Night

by on October 24, 2018 1:00 PM

The Centre County League of Women Voters on Monday hosted its semiannual Candidates Night. But things were a bit different this time around.

For a midterm election, the League would normally feature candidates for congressional races as well as for state House and Senate. But the two Republican congressional incumbents representing Centre County -- Glenn Thompson in the 15th District and Tom Marino in the 12th District -- declined to participate, and the U.S. Election Commission requires that nonprofits hosting forums for federal races have candidates from both major parties in attendance.

So not to jeopardize its nonprofit status, the League's portion of the night included only candidates for state House and Senate in Centre County. Immediately following that, Democratic congressional challengers Susan Boser (15th District) and Marc Friedenberg (12th District) fielded questions in a forum hosted by the Centre Daily Times.

The state House debates had one absence as well. Democrat Mike Hanna Jr. and Republican Stephanie Borowicz are running for the 76th District seat currently held by Hanna's father, who is retiring. Borowicz did not respond to the League's requests to participate. Borowicz, who ran against Mike Hanna Sr. in 2016, also did not respond to requests to participate in a forum to be hosted by the Lock Haven Express and did not participate in C-NET candidate interviews, which were conducted by

In the 77th District, Democratic incumbent Scott Conklin is running unopposed.

The Candidates Night forum included:

State Senate, 34th District 

Republican incumbent Jake Corman and Democratic challenger Ezra Nanes.

The 34th District includes all of Centre, Juniata and Mifflin counties and part of Huntingdon County.

State House 76th District

Democratic candidate Mike Hanna Jr.

The 76th District includes part of Centre County and all of Clinton County. In Centre County, the district represents Benner Township, Boggs Township, Burnside Township, Curtin Township, Haines Township, Howard, Howard Township, Liberty Township, Marion Township, Miles Township, Milesburg, Snow Shoe, Snow Shoe Township, Union Township and Unionville.

State House 81st District

Republican incumbent Rich Irvin, Democratic challenger Rick Rogers and Libertarian challenger Joe Soloski.

The 81st District includes parts of Centre and Mifflin counties and all of Huntingdon County. In Centre County, the district represents Ferguson Township (partial), Patton Township (partial), Halfmoon Township, Port Matilda, Taylor Township and Worth Township 

State House 171st District

Republican incumbent Kerry Benninghoff and Democratic challenger Erin McCracken.

The 171st District includes parts of Centre and Mifflin counties. In Centre County, the district represents Bellefonte, Centre Hall, College Township (partial), Ferguson Township (partial), Gregg Township, Harris Township, Millheim, and Penn, Potter, Spring and Walker Townships.

U.S. House of Representatives 12th District

Democratic challenger Marc Friedenberg.

The 12th District includes portions of Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, and Wyoming counties. In Centre County it includes Ferguson Township, State College, Harris Township, College Township, part of Halfmoon Township and the Penns Valley Area.

U.S. House of Representatives 15th District

Democratic challenger Susan Boser.

The 15th District includes portions of Armstrong, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, McKean, Venango, and Warren counties. 

Watch Candidates Night below:

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