Your Local Election HQ: District 12 Congressional Race Brings out Voters


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) It’s more than just primary election day for Central and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.  They are voting in their own special election. 

 Voters in the 12th congressional district of Pennsylvania, geographically the largest in the state, are voting to fill a seat in Washington D.C. 

 Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler with more on the special election deciding who will replace former Congressman Tom Marino. 

  Voters in Lycoming and 15 other counties are casting an extra vote this primary election. 

They’re being asked to select a new person to represent the 12th congressional district. 

“I guess it’s something! It got the president here!” Said Veronica Keller of Williamsport.

Voters in the district are choosing between Republican Fred Keller and Democrat Marc Friedenberg.

Friedenberg is looking for redemption after losing to Tom Marino last November. 

Marino resigned two months later in January for personal reasons — leaving his seat empty. 

  “It’s unique because we don’t always have the opportunity to vote for a congressman in the primaries for the office to be filled. So it’s kind of important to come out and fill it” Said John Walker of Williamsport. 

“I think it’s something everybody should be doing. If you complain then you have no reason to complain if you’re not going to vote,” Added Veronica Keller

People in support of state and local candidates stand outside this church in Montoursville as voters enter and exit the polling place.

In this district — in part — they’re making history during this special election. 

“It’s a piece of history! But I feel if we want a future we have to be part of history to affect the future,” Said Letha Kieser, Montoursville.

 They’re choosing between Fred Keller and Marc Friendenberg. 


The most talked about the vote is in the 12th congressional district.

Voters here in Lycoming County are choosing a person to replace Tom Marino in Washington D.C. 

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