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PA-13: Farnham Expected to Challenge Joyce In Central PA Race

Beth Farnham

Beth Farnham, a former school board member in the Conewago Valley School District, has filed a statement of candidacy to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 50-year-old Adams County Democratic Committee Member will be looking for the party’s nomination to run against Rep. John Joyce (R-13) in November.

She ran an unsuccessful write-in campaign against the three-term Republican in 2022, but did amass more than 1,000 votes. She wrote a her blog that “During this whirlwind of a campaign, I ran across several voters who expressed relief at having an alternative to an election-denying, anti-choice Republican, as is incumbent John Joyce. Even though many understood the odds, the issues were too precious to voters to simply relinquish to John Joyce without a fight. Like me, many voters will not hand over our precious democracy, nor our bodily autonomy.

“For the future, Democrats need only to improve our underlying committee structure and use it to keep reaching younger and newer voters. If this is what our party can achieve in a last minute write-in campaign, imagine what we will accomplish with a well-organized one over two years.”

The 13th Congressional District comprises Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry counties, as well as parts of Cumberland and Somerset.

An official announcement is expected in the upcoming days.

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