Dentist Gary Wegman will be running in the Democratic primary.
“I stepped forward because I’m troubled by the extreme ideology that I’ve heard from both sides of the aisle,” Wegman said during his campaign kickoff. “We need someone who is going to lead from the center.”
“It’s not about when you announce your campaign, it’s about what you bring to the table,” he declared.
According to his Democratic rival Christina Hartman, however, it does matter when you announce your campaign.
“We’re not concerned about people deciding to jump into the race this late in the game,” Hartman’s campaign spokesman Mike Wilson told PoliticsPA. “Our focus hasn’t changed since day one. Every day voters tell us it’s time for new energy and fresh ideas in Washington. Christina Hartman has a track record of getting things done and she’s the best choice to deliver for PA’s 16th district.”
Hartman, a human rights activist, began her campaign back in August.
The 16th district includes parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster County as well as the city of Reading.