Exclusive: Hartman Rolls Out Endorsements From Berks and Chester Counties

Hartman AnnouncementDemocrat Christina Hartman is rolling out slate of endorsements from elected officials and political leaders in Berks and Chester Counties.  

“I’m honored and energized by the support and encouragement these endorsements represent,” Hartman said of the endorsements.  

The endorsements are from:

  • Kevin Barnhardt, Berks County Commissioner
  • Wayne Braffman, Kennett Square Borough Council
  • Rep. Tom Caltagirone, State Representative 127th District
  • Kathi Cozzonne, Chester County Commissioner
  • Christopher Daubert, Reading City Council
  • Whitney Hoffman, Kennett Township Supervisor
  • Nicholas Imbessi, West Reading Borough Council
  • Donna Reed, Reading City Council
  • Rep. Mark Rozzi, State Representative 126th District
  • Isamac Torres-Figeroa, PA State Latino Caucus
  • Phil Wert, West Reading Borough Council

“In 2018, Christina Hartman is going to finish what she started for the voters in PA-16. With her track record of bringing people together, Christina is the perfect choice to put our country back on to the right track. I’m proud to support her candidacy for US Congress,” Cozzonne said in statement.  

“The people of Berks, Chester, and Lancaster counties deserve someone who will be part of the solution, not part of the problem in Congress. As PA-16’s Congresswoman, I will work to overcome the partisan divide and find answers using the Pennsylvania values we all share,” Hartman said.  

The endorsements comes three weeks after Hartman released the endorsements of Lancaster officials.  The 16th district includes parts of Berks and Chester counties, but is centered around Lancaster county.  

Rolling out these endorsements will likely help show donors and national Democrats that she still has the support of local Democrats to help her raise money to build her war chest.  

Hartman ran against Smucker in 2016, losing by 10.87 points.  Hartman is running against former Warwick school superintendent John George, nonprofit director Jessica King,  and Lancaster city resident Richard Griffiths Smith Jr. in the Democratic primary.

13 Responses

  1. I agree with Sandy, it’s definitely far too early for elected officials to be endorsing at this point in the campaign.

  2. Seriously??? People are endorsing the candidates even before the public has a chance to vet them? From everything I have read, John George and Jessica King are highly qualified candidates. Democratic leaders should be working on the November 2017 elections and not endorsing candidates at this very early stage of the congressional race. Endorsements should come after public debate…not before. Shame on Christina Hartman for her unfair play. Shame on those officials who have already endorsed candidates before the public has even had a chance to determine who is the most qualified.

  3. Smucker is a rubber stamp for the Trump fiasco. I urge all democrats in Lancaster County to insure we have a candidate that can turn out the vote in the county and insure Smuckers defeat. Vote for Hartman!

  4. Her track record of bringing people together? Like by losing in 16? And a list of endorsements from Dem office holders is news? What a joke.

    1. She’s got a primary, genius. Officeholders in her own party are pretty relevant to that election.

      1. Yep. Relevant as in deciding which captain will run the ship into the ground in the Fall. Doesn’t matter.

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