Democrat Christina Hartman
Christina Hartman, 39, lives in Lancaster. She received her undergraduate degree at George Washington University and her master’s degree at Fordham University. She is a human rights advocate who has worked in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia working for democracy, organizing citizens and recording instances of human rights violations with Freedom House and Madeline Albright’s Democratic Institute.
Given that the 16th District is diverse and employs immigrant labor in many businesses, Hartman said immigration is an economic issue. “This is a country of immigrants. Congress has to make sure the labor is legal or find a way for them to get a legal
status,” she said.
In view of the gridlock in Congress and between the Republican Party and president, she said she recognizes that there are many diverse voices in America, and some in power have gone too far to the left or right. She said she would like to see more moderate voices like her own heard.
On the issue of Obamacare, Hartman said overall the result has been that coverage has been extended to just about everyone, including young adults. She agrees, however, that the plan still needs some work because of the burden of significant increased insurance costs it puts on some people.
While many candidates are talking about the “shrinking middle class” Hartman said the government must work hand-inhand with businesses to keep away barriers to expansion and creating new jobs.
In a related thought, she said many people in this country are feeling that the government is stacked against them.
When she talked about education, she said first that the PSSAs (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests) have crushed the spirit of teachers and students.
Overall, Hartman said her favorite issues are foreign policy and women’s rights. “We need new energy and new ideas in Congress to come forward. I’m offering those new ideas,” she said.