PA-16: Wegman Declares Candidacy

WegmanAnother candidate has thrown their hat into the ring in the open PA-16 contest.

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.

In November, Congressman Joe Pitts announced that after twenty years he’ll forgo another term and retire in January 2017. State Sen. Lloyd Smucker is seeking to replace him.

A R+4 seat, PA-16 is one of just two open seats in Pennsylvania next year (the other being PA-8). While it definitely leans Republican, it is possible Democrats could contend for the seat.

The 16th district includes parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster County as well as the city of Reading.

6 Responses

  1. AVD – interesting reading, but that seems to be the opposite of left-wing nutjob, contrary to Frank’s assertion. More like a right-wing nutjob, if anything. Of course, that article addresses activities taking place in the ’80s under Reagan when Ms. Hartman was still in grade school.

  2. You should Google USAID, Freedom House, NDI, NED. And don’t just read the USAID, Freedom House, NDI or NED sites, which tell you their own story. Use an independent source like,, etc. in your search. National Democratic Institute is apparently a subsidiary of National Endowment for Democracy, according to an article in The story on ‘democracy’ groups like these goes back decades.

  3. What makes her a nutjob? I don’t know much about her, but she has a pretty impressive resume of working in developing nations and on USAID projects. Advocating democracy and human rights seems admirable. From what I can tell, she’s for strong education funding, tax incentives for small businesses, protecting Social Security and Medicare, and promoting agricultural land preservation – that all sounds like Lancaster County meat and potatoes right there, not exactly a call to arms of the proletariat.

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