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Ding Looks to Bring Science Background to Congress

Eric Ding, a Democrat from Cumberland county, is looking to bring his background that includes two doctorate degrees from Harvard to Congress in the new 10th Congressional district.

Ding holds dual doctorates from Harvard School of Public Health, and sees his experience as a scientist helping him in Congress.  

“As a scientist, I don’t actually have a partisan bent per say, I believe in just what the evidence shows,” Ding said in an interview with PoliticsPA.

“I want to bring some rational order in.”  

Ding views his experience of going out into communities and working to get things done puts himself ahead of other candidates.  

“There are a lot of things that people say ‘I will fight for this’ or ‘I helped on this’ and those are all important motivations, but at the end of the day you need to look at a combination of motivation and experience and look at deeds, not just words,” Ding said.

Ding doesn’t want to go negative on his opponents though, and only wants to talk about his qualifications.  

“There are lots of great candidates and I don’t want to speak ill of any of them.  I think they are all wonderful candidates in their own way, but I feel my unique experiences that I have been a lifelong advocate and I have been on the forefront defending the public against diseases and against drug companies, and things like leaded water.  Who do you blame, but we need to know when communities are in danger,” Ding said.

Ding launched his campaign with the help of 314 Action, an organization that helps scientists run for public office.  314 was founded by former Pennsylvania Congressional candidate Shaughnessy Naughton.

7 Responses

  1. If he’s endorsed by Shaughnessy Naughton, you know he has absolutely no chance of winning.

  2. We have a strong pool, no doubt. I went into their debate at Widener. I went in liking Shavonnia and Christina. Both were strong. But Alan Howe answered the questions most directly and seems by far the least likely to pull punches. Dr Ding is too doctor-ish for the masses. Scott is honest but too centrist for me.

    The best response of the night was when asked about the greatest threat to our security. While all the others had canned wonkish answers about whether Kim or Putin are more dangerous, Howe had my answer verbatim: Prior to Nov 2016, it was climate change. Since then, it is Donald Trump.

    There is another debate, Sunday, 3-5 pm. You need tickets, but I understand that they are free. At HMAC, 1110 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA

  3. Eric is qualified but isn’t really from the district. He’s originally from Shippensburg and works in Massachusetts according to a quick Google search. Again, I think Eric is qualified, but he’s not from the 10th until very recently. My question to Mr. Ding would be, when did you take up residence in the 10th Congressional District?

  4. Unfortunately for Mr. Ding, voters seem to like voting for stupid people at this time.

  5. I’m with Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.: ” I would rather be governed by the first 2000 names in the Boston phone book than by the 2000 members of the faculty of Harvard University.”

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