[note: see Christina’s upcoming TV ad here]
by SAM JANESCH, Lancaster Online, Sep 23, 2016
National Democrats keeping an eye on the Lancaster-based U.S. House district announced Friday they will provide financial and organizational support to local candidate Christina Hartman in the final six weeks before the election.
Hartman, a political newcomer whose career has involved working for and consulting nonprofit organizations, has impressed senior Democratic officials in her campaign for the historically Republican 16th Congressional District.
She was named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “emerging races” list in July — signifying the committee would be paying close attention to her fundraising capabilities and polling numbers throughout the summer.
Now a part of the committee’s “Red to Blue” program, she will receive financial, communications, grassroots and strategic support to put her in an “excellent position” before Nov. 8, according to a press release from the committee.
She is one of two Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania in the program, and one of 43 nationally, according to the updated list.
Hartman, of Lancaster, is competing against Republican state Sen. Lloyd Smucker, of West Lampeter Township, and Libertarian Shawn House, of Columbia, to replace the retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts.