Lancaster Stands Up was founded on the idea that everyday people should have a voice in our political system. We work to make this vision a reality through engaging in both issues and elections. We stand up for our shared values and hold our elected representatives accountable to our community’s needs. And we also recruit and support candidates who will work for all of us.

This page will be regularly updated to reflect our current campaign work.

Electoral work

Lancaster Stands Up is proud to endorse candidates for local office across our county, from Lancaster City to Columbia to Millersville to Ephrata. We believe that rebuilding our democracy will happen from the bottom up.

To see our list of 2019 endorsed candidates, click here.

This year, Lancaster Stands Up members voted unanimously to endorse Hobie Crystle for Lancaster County District Attorney. 

2019 is the first time voters have had a choice about what the criminal justice system will look like. “Tough on crime” policies have been exacerbating our community’s problems, not solving them. We need new leaders who will not cower behind the status quo that pits neighbor against neighbor and punishes people who need help.

As a community, we have a choice that we’ve never had before. We can choose the way things have always been and continue to sentence our sick neighbors. Or, we can choose courage, and reimagine a criminal justice system that upholds our values and offers a helping hand, not a prison cell.

Learn more about Hobie here.

Hobie Crystle for District Attorney

Lancaster Stands Up is committed to electing leaders who will work for all of us. All endorsements are decided by a vote of dues-paying members. Before a vote, candidates have a chance to meet with LSU members in person at a forum or fair and fill out a questionnaire about what values guide them and what priorities they will have once in office.

Past endorsed candidates include:

Jess King for Congress

Dana Hamp Gulick for PA House 97

Michele Wherley for PA House 41

Mary Auker-Endres for PA House 98

Bill Troutman for PA Senate 36

Issue work

From Columbia to Christiana, from Lititz to Leola to Lancaster City, housing costs are rising. Lancaster Stands Up is launching a campaign to ensure all residents of our county have access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.

In April of 2019, we held our first community meeting on housing in Lancaster City. Residents from all across the county shared their stories about how the housing crisis is affecting each of us, what we want to see, and how we make that a reality.

Join us by sharing your story! You can share here.


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