DUNCANNON, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey made a visit to Duncannon on Monday to back a Democratic congressional candidate in an upcoming special election.
Perry County is part of the 12th congressional district, a large rural area that stretches all the way to the New York border.
Casey campaigned for Marc Friedenberg. He is running for the seat left vacant by Tom Marino, who resigned earlier this year, citing health issues.
Friedenberg is a Penn State professor and cybersecurity expert. He is well-versed in the need for high-speed internet in rural Pennsylvania.
“We have rural communities who are simply going without right now, that still have dialup, and if you’re on dialup internet these days, you’re really not able to compete for jobs or get access to quality health care or get a modern education, it’s all dependent on high-speed internet,” said Friedenberg.
The Republican challenger in the race is state Rep. Fred Keller.
The special election is the same day as the primary, Tuesday, May 21.