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.