A second member of the York City Council has announced he wants to keep his post.
David Satterlee said in an emailed announcement that he will campaign for one of the three seats on the council up for grabs in November.
The 47-year-old Democrat has served less than three months on the council so far. He was chosen from a field of 21 candidates in October to fill a council seat left vacant when Councilwoman Joanne Borders died in September.
Satterlee indicated during a public interview for the position that he would seek election this year. His campaign announcement Tuesday makes it official.
"After several months in office, I believe that the city of York is rapidly moving forward and that momentum is a place where my interests, time and skill set can continue to be an asset," Satterlee said, according to the email. "In the early stages of my time on council, I have learned much about the complexities of the management of a 3rd class city in Pennsylvania and the needs of its 43,000 plus citizens. At this time in its history, the city of York needs smart progressive thinking from its leadership."
Satterlee, who lives on Linden Avenue, is the dean of student affairs at HACC's York campus. He and his partner, Will Guntrum, moved to York about a decade ago. Satterlee is the father of a teenage son.
In announcing his campaign, Satterlee joins Councilman Henry Nixon, also a Democrat, who said Friday that he will seek a second term. A third Democratic incumbent whose term expires at the end of the year, Renee Nelson, said last week that she has not yet made a decision about whether to seek re-election.
Although three seats are up for grabs, only two are four-year terms, said Nikki Suchanic, the county director of elections.
The person who serves the remainder of Borders' term will be on the council for two years, Suchanic said.
Candidates will need to indicate their intentions when they file nomination papers, Suchanic said. The different terms will be clear on the ballot, she said.
To get their name on the May 21 primary ballot, Democrats and Republicans can begin collecting signatures Feb. 19. Nomination petitions must be submitted to the York County Office of Elections and Voter Registration by March 12, Suchanic said.
Minor-party candidates - such as members of the Libertarian and Green parties - can begin collecting signatures March 13 to get their name on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election, Suchanic said.
Their nomination papers must be filed by Aug. 1, she added.
Libertarian Manuel Gomez, a frequent speaker at council meetings, has said he will campaign for a seat.
The top vote-getters will take their seats on the council Jan. 1, 2014.
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