The 2008 presidential race has a connection in Ocean City.
Jan Hartman, the sister of Jill Biden, the wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, lives in Ocean City and waitresses at Ready’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant on Eighth Street.
Hartman, whose maiden name is Jacobs, grew up in Willow Grove, Pa. with her four sisters. Her mother’s family is from Hammonton. In her youth, Hartman summered in Ocean City. She married her husband 37 years ago and the couple has a home in Ocean City.
She has worked as a waitress at Ready’s for two years and at the former Green Grill for 12 years.
“The people here are just wonderful to one another,” Hartman said. “Even the summer people who have places here you get to know.”
She said her sister Jill met Biden while she attended college. Hartman said Jill campaigned for Biden prior to that. She said Jill Biden currently teaches English at Delaware Technical & Community College.
“We’re hugely close. I have to laugh when people say to me ‘have you ever talked to him (Biden)?’ We’re all very supportive of one another,” Hartman said.
A lifelong Democrat, Hartman is involved locally in Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and wants to see more people volunteer.
“My purpose is to try to get volunteers. They don’t seem to have enough volunteers. I don’t want everyone to be apathetic about their vote and not vote,” Hartman said.
She said she doesn’t want people who support Obama to be dissuaded by polls and think “it’s a done deal” and not vote.
“I couldn’t even conceive of not helping my sister through this campaign and doing my part,” Hartman said.
On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Democrats will canvass the area. Hartman said volunteers are needed to work the phonebanks to call voters.
She said anyone interested in volunteering should contact the Atlantic County Democratic headquarters off the Cardiff Circle in Egg Harbor Township at (609) 272-1119.
Hartman said people who are registered to vote should do so.
“If you want the change, you have to do your part. It’s really your responsibility as a citizen,” Hartman said.