Smucker wins 16th Congressional District
Republican state Sen. Lloyd Smucker defeated Democrat Christina Hartman and Libertarian Shawn House
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.