Hartman drops bid for Congress in Pa.'s 10th District

'This is not the right time for me'

LANCASTER, Pa. - Democratic voters in Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district will find one less candidate on the primary election ballot.

Christina Hartman withdrew from the race Tuesday, saying "that this is not the right time for me."

"When the new districts were announced, I had to make a quick and difficult decision to continue my campaign in a new district," Hartman said. "After further consideration, I've decided that this is not the right time for me, and I will support the Democratic nominee in November."

Hartman launched her second campaign for Congress in the state's 16th District during a rally in Lancaster last July. At the time, that district included Reading and some of its suburbs, as well as parts of Chester and Lancaster counties.

The new map of congressional districts, drawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, pulled Berks out of the 16th District and prompted Hartman to switch her candidacy to the 10th District, which centers around Harrisburg and includes all of Dauphin County and parts of Cumberland and York counties.

"Though I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2018," Hartman said. "I remain deeply committed... to central Pennsylvania."

Hartman won the Democrats' nomination in the 16th District in 2016, but she lost the general election to Republican Lloyd Smucker, who went on to replace the retiring Joe Pitts.

"I decided to run for Congress three years ago because I want to fight for all central Pennsylvanians -- to make sure they were represented in Washington on the issues that matter most to them -- from good jobs and workforce development to protecting Social Security and Medicaid," Hartman said. "I'd like to thank each and every person who supported our campaign."

Hartman said she will decide in the coming weeks and months how she can make the best impact on the region she sought to serve.

The other Democrats on the 10th District ballot are Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, Eric Ding, Alan Howe, and George Scott. The winner will face Republican incumbent Scott Perry.

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