Ask the Candidates

Lancaster Stand's Up: A People's Forum


Four candidates have declared their campaign to represent Lancaster and PA-16 in Congress. They are all looking for your vote in the upcoming Primary. But before you decide who to vote for you should have a chance to ask them questions that matter to you. So we are hosting a Congressional Candidate Forum, to help kick off the race.


Saturday September 16th at 2:00PM

Bright Side Opportunity Center

515 Hershey Ave, Lancaster, PA

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participating candidates


From 2:00-3:30 we will feature a Congressional Candidate forum. This forum will feature candidates on the ballot in the upcoming May primary looking to represent Lancaster (PA-16) in the House of Representatives. We will ask the candidates questions gathered from our recent door-to-door canvas and ones gathered online (click the button below to submit a question).


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Following the Congressional Forum we will host a Meet-the-Candidates Fair where you can meet with candidates in small groups. Meet the candidates for Mayor, City Council, and School Board before you vote this November.


Our mission is to get ourselves organized — to breathe new life into our democracy and to turn it around.


Confirmed Candidates (names will be added as more confirm):


2018 primary:
PA-16 Congressional: John George, Jess King, Gary Wegman


2017 general:
Lancaster Mayoral: Danene Sorace, Cindy Stewart, Tony Dastra, J.S. Woody Chandler
Lancaster City Council: Frank Cabanas, Faith Craig, Janet Diaz (surrogate), Ismail Smith-Wade-El, Pete Soto
Lancaster School Board: Salina Almanzar, Mara Creswell McGrann, David Parry, Harvey S. Miller
Magisterial District Judge (02-2-01 District): Jodie Richardson
Millersville Borough Council: Dianne Bates
Hempfield School Board: Jason Spatola.


All candidates who will be on the 2017 Lancaster citywide ballot and the 2018 PA-16 Congressional primary ballot have been invited to participate. Participation is welcome to all Lancaster County candidates (on the ballot) who contact us ( Additional candidates may still confirm.