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Dr. Gary Wegman

Real Answers. Real Experience.

2020 9th Congressional District Democratic Candidate 

A Strong History

Gary Wegman is running for Congress because he believes we cannot afford the politics as usual that have led to the gridlock and bad ideas in Washington. So much of our region has been left behind, while people, small businesses, and entire communities have fallen through the cracks.

As one of the few medical professionals running for Congress, Gary wants to fix our broken health care system. Career politicians have broken our system. They can’t fix it if they don’t understand it. As a dentist in Reading, Gary has seen patients who lack the insurance coverage for their children and themselves. He is constantly working out payment plans and discounts for those whose insurance failed to cover their necessary care, or because they never had any to begin with.

Too many people in our region have had to make tough choices between rent or medicine, between paying for groceries or seeing a doctor. Too much of our money goes to insurance company profits and pharmaceutical company profits. Gary will defeat incumbent Republican Dan Meuser who supports the TrumpCare plan that would have only made things worse, potentially denying 30 million Americans access to health care over the next 10 years.

Gary lives the values he learned on the farm growing up, in Lutheran Sunday School, and as a Boy Scout: hard work, fair play, and an equal opportunity to succeed. Those are the values he instilled in his children raising them in Berks County, and those are the values he’ll take with him to Congress.

As a small business owner, Gary has balanced budgets, made payroll, and he has actually created jobs in our region – at his medical practice and on his farm.

Serving on the board of the Reading Redevelopment Authority, Gary worked to successfully redevelop and renovate blighted properties, a brownfield site and support renewal in one of America’s most economically depressed cities because Gary understands that none of us succeed unless we all succeed.

As chairman of the Reading Parking Authority, he oversaw public parking facilities and helped to manage public resources effectively for the community – a trait career politicians and Washington Republicans could learn from. Gary helped to bring the Mission of Mercy – volunteering to provide dental services free of charge to poor and underserved areas of our state – to the City of Reading in 2018, because he knows that a healthy future is the foundation of a better future for all of our people.

Gary is running for Congress because Pennsylvania needs a Doctor and a Farmer to serve their needs in the US Congress. With a willingness to take the tough stands, move our country forward and elevate our region and our communities; Dr. Wegman is ready to work together in Congress on behalf of all of the constituents in the Pennsylvania 9th Congressional District.

ON THE ISSUES

Healthcare

Dr. Gary Wegman is the only medical professional in the race. Gary understands healthcare. Gary knows how to fix a broken healthcare system. He has been in the trenches every day for the past 36 years. Fixing healthcare takes the insights and experience of a real medical professional: Gary Wegman.

Jobs, Small Business and
the Economy

Gary Wegman is the only small business owner in the race. Gary understands the unique role small businesses play creating jobs and building our economy. He understands the difference a good-paying job can make in one life, in one family and in one community. Gary is the only person in the Democratic race who has actually created jobs in our region with his own personal resources — both at his medical practice and on his farm. Gary has balanced budgets, made payroll and is committed to increasing the number of jobs in our region.

Farms, Agriculture and
the Environment

Gary Wegman is the only experienced farmer in the race. As a fifth-generation farmer, Gary knows how to balance a responsibility to preserve our planet from one generation to the next in a sustainable manner with the harsh economic and business realities of the farmers in our area. As Pennsylvania’s largest industry, Gary understands the negative impact of development on farming.

Education

Gary Wegman is a product of our public schools. Gary knows how important education is and how vital the public education system is to this country. Still, Washington seems to do everything in its power to gut education in America. Gary Wegman will work to change that — to fund our public schools equitably, to properly fund quality pre-k educational programs, and to listen to our public school teachers, who function every day at ground zero, to develop the direction for our nation’s education system, not the other way around.

Traditional Democratic Values

Gary lives the values he learned on the farm growing up, in Lutheran Sunday School and as a Boy Scout: hard work, fair play and an equal opportunity to succeed. Those are the values he and his wife have instilled in their children, the values he practices today as a doctor, a businessman and a farmer, and those are the values he’ll take with him to Congress.