A former federal employee is running for Congress.
Wade Jodun, of Mill Hall, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District seat, now held by U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, who is running for re-election. Two other Democrats — two-time challenger Kerith Strano Taylor and Penn State professor Marc Friedenberg — have already thrown their hats in the ring.
“I hear from people everywhere who are living paycheck-to-paycheck, or even two paychecks behind. I hear from people who are struggling to pay for health insurance and people who want to be able to afford to send their kids to college. They are tired of gridlock, partisan bickering, self-serving politicians and finger-pointing. They’re tired of career politicians and lawyers. They want straight talk, common sense, and someone who will tackle issues head on,” Jodun said.
Jodun has a degree in environmental biology and ecology from Lock Haven and spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, starting his career in Lamar as a biologist working with endangered Atlantic sturgeon. He finished his career in management for that agency in 2017.
“I’ll bring my insider’s knowledge of government, how it goes wrong, and where it’s broken as well as new ideas and put them to work for you,” Jodun said. “As a federal whistleblower, I stood up to do what was right and fought government corruption even when I knew it would hurt my own career and I’ll show that same courage as I fight for what is best for the country.”
Jodun said his campaign is focused on two core issues: Returning democracy to the American people by weeding the corrupting influence of money out of politics and rebuilding the middle class.
“American’s are tired of politics as usual. They are tired of politicians putting their best interest ahead of what’s best for the country,” he said. “We need representatives that will meet face-to-face with their constituents and tell them the truth. It’s time we stop talking about Democrats and Republicans and start thinking about Americans.”
Jodun has been active in youth baseball, serving as both a coach and past-president of Mill Hall Youth League. For more than 15 years, he also umpired youth, Little League, and high school baseball across Centre and Clinton counties.
His parents are Ted and Shirley Jodun, of Mill Hall. His father is a Mill Hall Borough Council member and his brother, Scott, is a state corrections officer.
Jodun is an avid fly-fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman.