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IUP professor Susan Boser wins 15th District Democratic nod, to challenge Glenn Thompson

The Associated Press has called Susan Boser the winner for the Democratic nomination in the 15th Congressional District. (provided)

INDIANA, Pa. - The Associated Press has called Susan Boser the winner for the Democratic nomination in the 15th Congressional District.

Boser defeated State College biologist Wade Jodun in the primary Tuesday night and will face Republican incumbent Glenn Thompson.

Boser is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has 20 years of experience in human services, earning her Ph.D. from Cornell.

“I have watched the growing poverty and opioid epidemic that are hurting families and destroying communities in rural regions of Pennsylvania. Congress is not paying attention to these issues and it’s time for a change. As a member of Congress, I can help turn things around to make people’s lives better," she said when she announced her candidacy.

Initially Boser, was going to run in the 9th District, the district that Bill Shuster said he would not seek re-election, but when the state Supreme Court issued a new map in February Boser's new home was in the 15th District.

Thompson, who was formally in the 5th District ran unopposed on the Republican side of the ticket.

The new 15th Congressional District consists of Indiana, Jefferson, Clarion, Armstrong, Venango, Forest, Warren, McKean, Cameron, Elk, Clearfield and portions of Cambria, Centre and Butler counties.

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