Three seats on the York City Council are up for grabs this year.

So far, one incumbent has announced he'll seek re-election to keep one of those seats in a second four-year term.

In a news release Friday, Councilman Henry Nixon said his decision is "based in his desire to forge new alliances within our larger York community, promote economic development and jobs throughout the city, and reverse the deterioration of neighborhoods."

Nixon, a Democrat, identified three priorities for a new term. The first he called "planning for success, not just managing decline."

He said that philosophy is reflected in his support of the new City Hall project and his preference for a tax increase rather than cuts to the police department several years ago.

Second, Nixon said he supports the mayor's zero-tolerance blight initiative to combat neighborhood deterioration.

And, finally, Nixon said he wants "to work closely with the mayor to help determine goals and to move our city forward in a productive and professional manner, building on the successes of the past."

Councilwoman Renee Nelson, another Democrat whose term is up at the end of the year, said she has not yet decided whether to seek re-election. Nelson also served four years on the York City School Board before her election to the council.

A mother of two, Nelson said she is also finishing up a four-year education degree. Personal demands might make a second term on the council difficult, she said.


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"I don't want to run for something that I'm not going to stay involved in," she said.

The third seat is held by David Satterlee, a Democrat who was appointed to the council Oct. 22. He filled a seat left vacant when Councilwoman Joanne Borders died in September.

On Friday, Satterlee said he has made a decision about running but is not yet ready to talk about it publicly.

Incumbents can expect a challenge this year from Manuel Gomez, who regularly attends city council meetings.

Gomez, a Libertarian, said recently that he will try again for a council seat. His name appeared on the ballot in November 2011, but he placed fifth with 675 votes.

Feb. 19 is the first day to circulate and file nomination petitions for the May 21 primary, which the candidate must win to appear on the ballot in November's general election. Winners take office on Jan. 1, 2014.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.