The mayor of Stewartstown is running for a new office.

Bonner Smith, 69, announced his plans to run for York County Controller, a position held for two four-year terms by incumbent Robb Green.

Smith said he has a variety of experiences and expertise to bring to the position to benefit the county.

"I've been doing accounting for almost 50 years now," he said. "My mother was a school teacher who taught accounting. This is something that's been part of

my life. I've done this type of work in the private sector."

Smith, who is married with four children and seven grandchildren, was elected Stewartstown mayor on the Republican ticket in 2009. He said he's been thinking about running for controller for the past two years.

Smith said he also is a registered nurse, who started a rescue squad in North Carolina. He has been a business manager for Saab Scandia automotive division.

He served on the Emergency Medical Services board at Eureka Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. Inc. and was chairman of Stewartstown's zoning hearing board.

Stewartstown hasn't had a tax increase for the past several years, he said. He said he also led efforts to eliminate blighted properties to increase property values.

Green has said he plans to seek re-election.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.