Demo­crat Christina Hart­man

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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.

Christina Hart­man

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