Smucker wins 16th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict

Repub­li­can state Sen. Lloyd Smucker de­feated Demo­crat Christina Hart­man and Lib­er­tar­ian Shawn House

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Lu­cas Rodgers lrodgers@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Lu­casMRodgers on Twit­ter

For the first time in 20 years, a Lan­caster County res­i­dent will rep­re­sent Penn­syl­va­nia’s 16th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, which in­cludes parts of Ch­ester, Lan­caster and Berks coun­ties.

As of press time, State Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-13, was lead­ing with 140,021 votes. Demo­crat Christina Hart­man was in sec­ond place with 112,923 votes, and Lib­er­tar­ian Shawn Pa­trick House was in third place with 8,640 votes. Smucker ap­peared set to claim the seat be­ing va­cated by Repub­li­can U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts who chose not to seek re-elec­tion. Pitts, 77, of East Marl­bor­ough, Ch­ester County, has held the seat for 10 terms, since he was first elected in 1997.

All re­sults are un­of­fi­cial un­til cer­ti­fied by the county board of elec­tions.

Smucker, 52, of West Lam­peter, Lan­caster County, said he de­cided to run for Congress to make cer­tain that any­body who works hard and plays by the rules can achieve the Amer­i­can Dream. He said he will sup­port clear, com­pre­hen­sive plans to de­stroy ISIS, al-Qaida and any group that threat­ens our way of life.

Hart­man, 39, of the city of Lan­caster, 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.

House, 53, of Columbia, Lan­caster County is a 1982 grad­u­ate of Oc­torara High School and a grad­u­ate of DeVry Uni­ver­sity with a ma­jor in in­stru­men­tal in­for­ma­tion. He is em­ployed in the hemp in­dus­try; hemp – a plant in the same fam­ily as cannabis sativa (mar­i­juana) – is a crop that has many uses in­clud­ing tex­tiles, paper, rope, bed­ding, oil. He is also chair­man of the Penn­syl­va­nia Lib­er­tar­ian Party.

Smucker said he has sur­rounded him­self with skilled men and women in the com­mu­nity to build a lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pany. His team grew to over 150 peo­ple. He at­tended Franklin and Mar­shall Col­lege and Le­banon Val­ley Col­lege part-time while manag­ing his busi­ness. He is 52 years old and a mar­ried fa­ther of three chil­dren. He is cur­rently the state se­na­tor from Penn­syl­va­nia’s 13th Se­na­to­rial Dis­trict.

As a small busi­ness owner, Smucker said he knows what it takes to cre­ate jobs.

Smucker said he be­lieves we must first fo­cus on se­cur­ing bor­ders. Af­ter our bor­ders are se­cure and we learn the true scope of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, we can de­velop re­al­is­tic and com­pas­sion­ate plans to ad­dress those here il­le­gally, he said.

In ad­dress­ing po­lit­i­cal grid­lock, Smucker said that as a state se­na­tor, he has a track record of bring­ing peo­ple to­gether to get things done. He cham­pi­oned the re­form of the state’s school fund­ing sys­tem by fo­cus­ing on so­lu­tions.

Smucker said Oba­macare should be re­pealed and re­placed with a mar­ket-based sys­tem that drives down costs and keeps rea­son­able con­sumer pro­tec­tions in place like cov­er­ing pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tions and al­low­ing chil­dren to re­main un­der their par­ents’ health care cov­er­age un­til age 26.

On the is­sue of the “shrink­ing mid­dle class,” he said Amer­i­cans want to work but gov­ern­ment poli­cies, rang­ing from one of the high­est busi­ness tax rates in the coun­try to un­bal­anced trade deals, have put us at a dis­ad­van­tage. Smucker said he will work to re­form the tax code to spurn the growth nec­es­sary to put Amer­i­cans back to work with fam­ily-sus­tain­ing jobs.

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