LANCASTER, Pa. - A change in Pennsylvania's map of congressional districts has brought about a change for a woman who had twice sought to represent part of Berks County in Congress.
Democrat Christina Hartman announced Wednesday that she is now a candidate for Congress in the state's newly-formed 10th District, which centers around Harrisburg and includes all of Dauphin County and parts of Cumberland and York counties.
"Pennsylvania's districts have been redrawn, but here's what's the same: I'm fighting to bring fairness, transparency, and honesty to Congress," Hartman said in a post on Facebook.
Hartman announced her candidacy for the 2018 primary election 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.
Hartman won her party's nomination in 2016, but she lost the general election to Republican Lloyd Smucker, who went on to replace the retiring Joe Pitts.
Now, she's looking to win the 10th District primary and face third-term Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry in November's election.
"Over the next few months, I'll be working to earn the trust and support of #PA10 voters -- and show that with my experience, they will be in far better hands than Scott Perry's," Hartman said.
A spokesman for Perry, who currently represents the state's York-based 4th District, said Tuesday that there's still optimism that a federal court will block the new map imposed last week by the state Supreme Court in a gerrymandering case.
The court-ordered boundaries create a more competitive district around Perry's home by adding heavily Democratic areas around Harrisburg.
As for Smucker, the new map renumbered his district to be the 11th, but the redrawing will no longer have him representing the heavily Democratic city of Reading or any other part of Berks County.
Berks, instead, will be represented by the 4th, 6th, and 9th districts, with Reading being included in the area now represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello.
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