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Clinton County Democrats’ Spring Dinner is May 9

MARC FRIEDENBERG

LOCK HAVEN –The Clinton County Democratic Party’s Annual Spring Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 9, and all Democrats from Clinton County and the broader 12th Congressional District are invited to attend.

The event will feature a social hour and live entertainment from 5-6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner and speakers, as well as a silent auction

Marc Friedenberg, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, will be one of the event’s keynote speakers.

Friedenberg is the Democratic nominee for the 12th Congressional District special election, which will take place during the Primary Election on May 21. Friedenberg’s campaign is focused on jobs, healthcare, education and the environment. A Columbia Law School and Penn State graduate, he currently serves as an assistant professor at Penn State, where he teaches cybersecurity and cyber law courses. As a lawyer, he sued the Wall Street banks responsible for the financial crisis, using his expertise with technology to prove that they had committed fraud.

In addition, Senator Sharif Street, Vice Chair of the PA Democratic Party, will be speaking, along with guest Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, of Philadelphia’s 190th Legislative District.

Sen. Street was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 2016, and he represents the Third Senatorial District of Philadelphia, which encompasses a population of over 240,000 people. He is committed to improving access to healthcare, reforming the criminal justice system, creating quality jobs, funding public schools, investing in science and technology and fighting for the rights of all Pennsylvanians. An attorney by profession, Sen. Street began his public career as a community activist organizing a Town Watch group while in law school.

Rep. Johnson-Harrell’s priorities include education reform, economic development in low-income communities, and gun violence prevention. The West Philly native felt the impact of these issues personally when she lost her son to gun violence in 2011. That tragedy inspired her to create the CHARLES Foundation, a nonprofit founded in her son’s name to empower communities and push for more gun violence prevention. She is the first Muslim woman to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

The banquet will also showcase Clinton County candidates running on the Democratic ticket, including: commissioner candidates Paul Conklin and Angela Harding; Prothonotary Marie Vilello; Auditor Michelle Crowell; District Attorney Dave Strouse and Sheriff Kerry Stover. In addition, candidates for borough, township and school board positions are also invited.

“Our annual dinners provide a great opportunity for attendees to meet candidates and learn more about why they are running for election. The Primary and Special Election will be held on May 21st, only a couple weeks after this event, so there’s truly no better time to come out and learn about our candidates,” said party Chairwoman Rose Reeder. “These dinners are fun events, filled with good food and music, allowing attendees to enjoy themselves and build camaraderie with like-minded community members.”

This year’s dinner will be held at the Dunnstown Fire Company Fire Hall at 119 Woodward Ave., Lock Haven.

The annual ticketed event serves as one of the primary fundraisers for the county Democratic Party and helps support local candidates. The cost to attend is $25 per person and reservations are due by May 3.

The CCDC is accepting donations for the silent auction, always an exciting portion of the event!

To make a reservation or learn more about making a donation toward the silent auction, email Kim Coleman at Kimberlycoleman57@gmail.com or call 570-660-1555.

Additional information about the candidates can be found at www.ClintonCountyPaDemocrats.com.

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