Lancaster Native Enters Race to Challenge Smucker

Jess King“An America for All of Us” reads the homepage of Jess King for Congress. Jumping in as the third democrat in the race to challenge Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster).

Born and raised in Lancaster county, King is now the director of the nonprofit economic development organization, ASSETS, “one of Lancaster’s most innovative organizations.” ASSETS strives to support Pennsylvania workers to start small businesses and motivates business owners to continually improve their social and environmental impacts. She will take a leave of absence from her position to enter the Congressional race. King hopes to be a ‘fighter for working families’ and a ‘leader that listens.’

“I have focused my entire career on fighting for working people and working communities,” King told LNP. “But honestly when it comes down to it, it hasn’t been enough. And it feels like federal policies that impact working people are just going in the wrong direction over and over.”

King never anticipated running for public office, but growing frustration with Trump’s administration and encouragement by community members persuaded her to enter, in hopes of changing the conversation.

Among her top concerns are supporting what she feels is a forgotten middle class; ensuring that every American who wants a job can get a job, guaranteeing a quality public education to citizens, expanding Medicare and raising the minimum wage. King also wants citizens of the 16th District to recognize the importance of rejecting pipelines and extractive industries that “enrich oil and gas executives while leaving our land and water permanently polluted.”

“We have an opportunity to build a bigger table, not a higher wall,” says King.

The 16th Congressional district covers most of Lancaster county, as well as some parts of Berks and Chester counties. In 2016, Smucker defeated Democrat Christine Hartman by 10 points.  King will be running John George, Hartman, and Richard Griffiths Smith Jr.

PoliticsPA reached out Congressman Smucker’s campaign for comment on this story.

August 9th, 2017 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories | 14 Comments

14 thoughts on “Lancaster Native Enters Race to Challenge Smucker”

  1. Lee R. says:

    Does anyone know what “Your comment is awaiting moderation” means???

  2. Sandy says:

    Take a look at John George…
    He’s not your typical politician.

    1. Lee R. says:

      Jess King and John George look like the 2 best choices for Smucker’s seat. I’m leaning toward Jessica.

  3. jmarshak says:

    So this poor girl couldn’t even get anybody to show up for her announcement?

    Smucker isn’t anything great but he’s pretty safe if this is the best the Dems can do.

    1. Lee R. says:

      200 plus attended Jess king’s announcement! Go to Jessica’s website for the real picture– with folks in attendance.

  4. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

    Better than running the same candidate that lost in the last cycle like the Dems just LOVE to do. But I agree that it sounds like this seems to be just another one of their supposed candidates that absolutely do not fit the district they are running in.

    1. KSDF says:

      Erin McClelland, Mary Ellen Balchunis, Manan Trivedi, now Christina Hartman. . .

    2. Cheryl says:

      Part of winning means you have to educate the electorate.

  5. Ryan_in_SEPA says:

    Sounds like the Democrats are running another very progressive candidate for a heavily Republican seat. What is the strategy here? Do they have any moderates left in their ranks?

    1. Chris says:

      My guess is because the strategy of running milquetoast moderate D’s hasn’t worked.

  6. DukeofEarl says:

    No matter how bad it looks for Smucker I still beleive any republican can hold the 16th

  7. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Why do so many women politicians have androgenous names?

    1. Lois Herr says:

      Like Lois, Aryanna, Christine, Mary Ellen, JoAnn, Alice, Debra, Carolyn, Deborah, etc

    2. Isaac L. says:

      Why do so many anonymous commenters feel the need to say mind-numbingly stupid things? Perhaps it is better to follow the advice of Marcus Aurelius and only begin to speak when certain it is not better left unsaid.

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