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Beth Farnham announces candidacy for 13th District

On Friday, January 12th, Beth Farnham announced her candidacy to be the Democratic nominee against the current U.S. Rep. John Joyce (R-13th District).

“It is time for the residents of the 13th District to be represented by someone who honors the Constitutional values for which so many have sacrificed. I love my country, its people who are all created equal, our inalienable rights, and the future generations who will live out this legacy.  For them, for us, please choose me, Beth Farnham and together we…Choose Democracy.”

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Speaking in historic Gettysburg, Farnham described her life in Adams County with her husband, whom she married over 17 years ago, their children, a cat, and a dog. She also enumerated several volunteer commitments with local grassroots groups and recently served on a school board.

Flanked by the U.S. and Pennsylvania flags, Farnham made protecting Democracy her core message. Recognizing the sacrifices of her grandfather who died occupying Germany and others of the Greatest Generation who served during WWII, she highlighted their patriotism in opposition to the actions of “Anti-Democratic Americans” who promote “violent authoritarianism and Christian nationalism.”

Citing several precepts found in the Preamble of the Constitution which she terms “Constitutional values,” Farnham held them in stark contrast to Joyce’s objection to certifying Pennsylvania’s valid electoral votes and his failure to impeach former president Donald Trump or condemn the actions of “Trump’s insurrectionists” for the events of January 6, 2021. Farnham spoke of Joyce’s “disgusting display of fealty to Trump” whom she characterized as a “wannabe dictator.”

Farnham addressed Reproductive Freedom including, “access to abortion, birth control, and gender-affirming care” as “a fundamental right” and “private.” She noted the Texas Supreme Court’s recent decision stating it, “…demonstrated it would rather a mother die pregnant and leave her living, breathing children motherless, than to have a life-saving abortion.” Farnham asked to be voted as U.S. Representative in order to “enshrine into law our Reproductive Freedom.”

Farnham spoke about gun violence as the “leading cause of death” of U.S. children. She asked to represent the 13th District in order to “enact sensible gun legislation like Safe Storage, Reporting of Lost or Stolen guns, Universal Background checks, and Extreme Risk Protection Orders. She claimed that Joyce only offers “thoughts and prayers” to victims of gun violence, while simultaneously “catering to gun enthusiasts.”

Farnham wrapped up her speech with a nod to her website about other issues and encouraged voters to attend petition signings in order to put her and other candidates on the ballot for the Pennsylvania primary which is set for April 23rd, 2024.

Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District unites Adams, Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry counties, as well as the western edge of Cumberland county and the northwest corner of Somerset County. Farnham registered as a Democrat in 2019, though she had been registered as a Republican for over 25 years, per her website .

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2 months ago

Why are you highlighting candidates of only one party?
But thank you for sharing Beth Farnham Views.

Charles Stangor
Charles Stangor
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Hello Tim, Gettysburg Connection will share information about candidates from all parties. But they need to send us their relevant information. We have published all we have received to this point.

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