December 19, 2017
Contact: Lancaster Stands Up

Press Release: Endorsement of Jess King

December 19, 2017

Contact: Michelle Hines, 717.989.2240,


PA-16 Candidate Jess King Wins 82% Supermajority in Lancaster Stands Up Member Endorsement Vote

The grassroots organization will kick off independent volunteer canvass in January.


Read Lancaster Stands Up’s Endorsement Statement here.


Lancaster, PA — Members of Lancaster Stands Up voted to endorse Jess King in the 2018 Democratic Primary for Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District. Two hundred LSU members participated in the vote. Jess King earned 82% of the vote, while Christina Hartman earned 9.5% and Gary Wegman earned 8.5%. The grassroots membership organization—which formed last year in the wake of the 2016 election—plans to launch a volunteer-powered, district-wide, independent canvass starting in January, aiming to ultimately unseat incumbent Congressman Lloyd Smucker.


Lancaster Stands Up members and supporters are gathering today at 5:30pm to announce the endorsement.


When: Tuesday, December 19th, 5:30pm

Where: Penn Square, Lancaster, PA

Facebook event page


To prepare for the endorsement vote, Lancaster Stands Up sent a questionnaire to primary candidates Christina Hartman, Jess King, and Gary Wegman, all of whom participated. LSU also organized a public candidate forum in September (attended by 250 Lancastrians), where the candidates or campaigns responded to questions submitted by LSU members.


The questionnaire is posted here.

The forum video can be viewed here.


Lancaster Stands Up formed out of an emergency town hall meeting in the wake of the 2016 election. Since then the effort has mobilized hundreds of volunteers who have participated in rallies, actions, mass meetings, trainings, and door-to-door canvassing. The organization aims to build independent political power for everyday people to be able to weigh in on a host of issues, like health care, immigration, racial justice, and the tax bill. The organization’s high level of mobilization has received national and international media attention.


This is Lancaster Stands Up’s second member endorsement vote. Members voted to endorse 34 candidates in the November 2017 local and state elections. LSU volunteers then knocked hundreds of doors and made hundreds of phone calls to get out the vote in Lancaster City and Manheim Township. Over the next month LSU is making plans to build infrastructure for a robust independent canvass operation. Dedicated volunteers are ready to do their part knocking doors, registering voters, making calls, and more to help defeat incumbent Congressman Lloyd Smucker in 2018. The organization plans to hold additional member endorsement votes for other 2018 primary races and in the general election — even as LSU continues to mobilize around important issues like health care, immigration, racial justice, education, climate, and more.


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