On Nov. 5, York City residents can vote for two of four candidates seeking a four-year term on the York City Council.
Those choices include Manuel Gomez, a Libertarian and self-described "resident muckraker" who is "admittedly here to disrupt the status quo."
Cindy Martin, the lone Republican on the ballot, is a retired nurse who wants the city to get its property-tax rate under control.
Renee Nelson, a teacher who said she's comfortable in her role as a dissenting voice on the council, is seeking her second term as a Democratic councilwoman.
And, finally, Democrat Henry Nixon is also seeking a second term. He's a 43-year resident of the city who said he wants to make York City a happy place for his grandchildren.
That's a snapshot of the message each candidate delivered Monday to a small crowd gathered for a forum hosted by the York NAACP.
A fifth council candidate, David Satterlee, is unopposed in his bid for a two-year term.
Each candidate had only one minute to answer questions.
Some dissonance emerged between the three incumbent candidates and Gomez, who promised to bring a different philosophy to the council.
Asked to comment on the city's successes and failures of the past four years, Gomez said he sees only failure.
"All signs point to major tax increases," he said.
Incumbent council members identified areas of needed improvement but also defended the city's record.
For example, Satterlee said he believes the city has experienced significant economic growth despite the recent recession.
Nelson said she believes communication between the council and the administration has improved during the last four years.
Nixon said he believes he has been a party to "value enhancement," not failure. For example, he said, crime is on the decline "because of what we have done in the last four years."
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