Millersville University (MU) is partnering with Lancaster Newspapers to sponsor a congressional debate on Monday, Oct. 8. This event will feature the two candidates running for congress in the 11th district, Democrat Jess King and Republican incumbent Lloyd Smucker.
The debate will take place in Clair Hall in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center on MU’s campus, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets went on sale earlier this month and sold out within hours. A second viewing location in Biemesderfer Hall, which is also in the Winter Center, will live stream the debate for an additional 250 people. Tickets are also required for the secondary location. For those wishing to view the debate at home, LancasterOnline will have a live stream on their website as well.
Congressman Lloyd Smucker is the current representative and has held this office since 2017. Before this position he was a state senator from 2009 until 2016. He runs on a fiscally conservative platform focused on providing regulatory relief to small businesses, limiting the government’ spending and creating economic opportunity. Before he became a congressman he ran the family owned the Smucker Company for 25 years. He received his education from Lebanon Valley College as well as Franklin and Marshal College.
Challenger Jess King is running on a platform of a living minimum wage and combating poverty. Before her run for congress she worked as the executive director of the business development organization, ASSETS. Prior to that she worked as the founding executive director of The Union Project, which repurposed an old church into a community and arts center. She received her education from Eastern Mennonite University. She then earned her MBA from Bard College.
The moderators will be Barbara Hough Roda, community liaison for LNP Media Group, and Tom Baldrige, president and CEO of the Lancaster Chamber.
For tickets to the secondary location please call MU ticket office at 717-871-7600.