Professor seeking Dem nod for Shuster’s seat

Boser is seventh candidate running for 9th District post

A university professor is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster’s seat, challenging candidate Adam Sedlock.

Susan Boser, a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is now the seventh candidate running for the state’s 9th Congressional District seat.

The winner of the Democratic primary will run against the victor in the Republican primary. Travis Schooley, Dave Reed, Max Merrill, John H. Eichelberger Jr. and Art Halvorson have announced plans to run for the GOP nomination.

“I’m running because government can and should find solutions to grow the rural economy,” Boser said in a press release. “The answer to the problems we experience here begins with economic development. Our local governments need Congress to create conditions that allow small businesses to thrive.”

“For years, our political leaders have passed legislation to solely benefit large corporate donors while leaving small businesses behind,” she said. “We need a representative in Congress who helps small businesses, including the renewable energy sector, to secure regulatory relief and flourish.”

Regarding economic development, Boser said she would prioritize support for small businesses and agriculture, infrastructure development and access to high-speed internet in rural areas. In addition to a focus on the economy, Boser expressed concern for the opioid crisis, stressing her experience with drug and alcohol rehabilitation to families in need.

The Democratic candidate has worked at IUP since 2002 as both a sociology professor and the assistant chair of the department of sociology. In 2001, Boser earned a doctorate in policy analysis and management from Cornell University.

Before her academic career, Boser worked in the human service field for 20 years as a practitioner, administrator and program evaluator.

Boser is involved with the Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development task force, the Community Guidance Center and the food co-op.

She lives in Indiana with her husband and their three children.

Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.