Marc Friedenberg, a local activist and co-founder of PA5 Truth and Action, announced on Monday his candidacy for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District in 2018.
“We need to do a better job of helping businesses reach the many smart, hard-working people throughout our district,” Friedenberg, who plans to seek the Democratic nomination, said in a press release. “We have outstanding universities, natural resources and communities across central and western Pennsylvania, but the opportunity to succeed economically has been concentrated in just a few small areas, with many of us left behind.
“I want everybody in the 5th Congressional District to have equal opportunities to get a job, to get an education and to receive outstanding health care. We need to make sure residents are given the chance to succeed.”
He’s a lecturer in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.
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Friedenberg graduated from Penn State with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in information sciences and technology and received a law degree from Columbia Law School, according to the release.
He’s been active in local politics, calling on incumbent U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, to hold town halls with his constituents and listen to their concerns about health care and other issues.
Friedenberg plans to kick off a listening tour throughout the district on Dec. 9 in Franklin.
Thompson has served in Congress since 2009. The 5th Congressional District is the largest in Pennsylvania — stretching from Erie to south of Huntingdon and encompassing all or part of 16 counties.
In 2014 and 2016, Thompson defeated Democratic challenger Kerith Strano Taylor.