Marc Friedenberg, candidate for U.S. Congress, makes ‘No Debate Tour’ stop in Lock Haven

Marc Friedenberg, Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania’s 12th U.S. Congressional District, visited Lock Haven on Friday, Sept. 28 as part of his “No Debate Town Hall Tour,” inspired by the fact that his opponent refuses to hold a debate or town hall forum.

Upward of 30 local residents turned out to hear Friedenberg talk about his reasons for running for Congress and issues that matter most to his campaign.


“I promise to represent the people of the 12th District, and nobody else,” he told the crowd.

Friedenberg took a moment to show event attendees two short videos developed by his campaign, including “Stand,” a 4-minute video that outlines many issues his campaign is focusing on, and a short campaign ad.

During the event, Clinton County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Rose Reeder presented Friedenberg with a $500 check on behalf of the committee. Friedenberg graciously accepted the donation and said it would help get campaign videos out to the public.

Friedenberg contends that the divides seen today are not between political parties, but rather between “the haves and have-nots.”

The Democratic nominee spent about an hour answering questions from the crowd and talking about some of the primary issues driving his campaign, including his intention to fight for the protection of Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security; funding for public education and access to affordable higher education; access to broadband internet in rural communities; health care for all; and the environment.   He also said he supports legal immigration and a pathway to citizenship for those who are already in the U.S. and contributing to society; however, he also believes in ensuring border security and utilizing established protocols for dealing with illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.

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The stop in Lock Haven was the third stop of the day’s Tour, as Friedenberg held No Debate stops in Williamsport and Lewisburg earlier in the day, and upon leaving Clinton County he was headed to another stop in State College. Each of the stops included the presence of his opponent, via cardboard cutout.

Friedenberg said his community visits will continue across the 12th District, which includes Clinton, Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Lycoming, Sullivan, Wyoming, Southern Centre, Union, Snyder, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, and parts of Montour and Northumberland counties.

A Centre County resident, Friedenberg is a lawyer and an assistant teaching professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

To learn more about Marc Friedenberg, Democratic nominee for PA’s 12th Congressional District, visit

To learn more about the Clinton County Democratic Party and ways to get involved locally, click here.

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