Candidates address Lycoming County Democratic Women
Candidates for local elected positions and state judicial spots told Lycoming County Democratic Women group members why they represent the best choices for voters.
Among the Democrats talking to the gathering at Susquehanna Park Thursday night were Lauren Baumann Frisco, who is running for Loyalsock Township supervisor, and McKenna Long, a candidate for Hughesville Borough Council.
Judicial candidates were Laurie Dumas, Maria McLaughlin, and Timika Lane.
Frisco said she believes in listening.
She noted that the recent Lycoming County commissioners’ meeting that drew a crowd of people supporting the display of books in the children’s section of the James V. Brown Library to mark Pride Month marked the good start for a dialogue.
“I was very inspired by that,” she said. “It’s important to listen to the community.”
Frisco said among the issues in the township that need addressed is vehicle and pedestrian safety along East Third Street, including at Dunkin Donuts.
“We need to focus on the needs of families,” she said. “In general, we need to listen to all voices in the township.”
Long, who noted she relocated to Hughesville after living in Atlantic City, said she is running for an elected position for the first time.
She told of how she and her biracial children have been subjected to harassment in the borough where she grew up.
“This is not the Hughesville I remember,” she said.
She called for change in Lycoming County from what she called “the good old boys network.”
“We need to have a voice,” she said.
McLaughlin said she is making it a point to visit all 67 counties of Pennsylvania in her bid to be elected as a state Supreme Court Judge
A divorced single mother of two, she said her passion is protecting the rights of children.
As a Superior Court Judge, she never had a decision overturned, she said.
She asked the gathering to help elect Democratic candidates to state judicial seats.
Dumas, running for Superior Court, said she stands ready to serve all residents of the state.
During her campaign, she said she has met some amazing people.
“We are all more alike than we are different,” Dumas, a Common Pleas Judge in Philadelphia, said.
She said it’s important that people are kept safe and healthy.
Too often, she said, efforts are being made to infringe on the rights of people.
“Our courts are the last line of defense,” she said. “Everyone should get a fair shake when they come in front of us in the courts.”
Timika Lane is another Common Pleas Judge from Philadelphia running for Superior Court.
A cancer survivor and former public school teacher, Lane said she understands the plights of “every day people” and has stood up for abused and neglected children.
Emma Hogan, of Muncy, and Katelyn Taylor, of Montgomery, were announced as winners of the Kay Ertel Scholarship, which recognizes young people for their public service, academic achievement, and other accomplishments.