Note: An earlier version of this story has been corrected because of revisions to the candidate list provided by the York County Elections Office.

West York residents will have a host of candidates, some of whom should be familiar, to choose from when they head to the polls on primary election day.

All told, nine Republicans and three Democrats are looking to fill four open seats on the borough council. Of those, three are incumbents, one previously served on council and another is the mayor.

Mayor Sam Firestone is not only running for a council seat but is also seeking re-election as mayor. In the mayor's race, he faces a challenge from Republican Charles Wasko, a former council member, according to a revised list of candidates from county's Elections/Voter Registration Office.

Firestone did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday night.

Republicans and Democrats had until Tuesday to file nomination petitions to run for office in the May 21 primary.

The filing deadline came in the wake of a debate of whether or not West York should continue to have its own police department or outsource service to another department.

Race: While there are a number of candidates seeking seats, the Democratic race is essentially decided.

Incumbent Brian Wilson and challengers Walt Anderson and former councilman Joseph Mummert will move on to the general election since they are the only Democrats seeking the four seats.

They will face the top four Republican vote-getters in November.


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Incumbents Shelley Metzler and Shane Louthian will be joined on the ballot by Mary Wagner, Nick Laughman, Josef Urich, Firestone, Tim Berkheimer, Thomas Koons and Skip Franklin.

In the November 2011 election, Louthian and Annette "Chickie" Christine ousted then-incumbents Mummert and Wasko.

New faces: A number of challengers said they would bring new faces and ideas to the council if elected. Most also said they want to put a stop the contentious meetings that the borough has seen of late.

"I'm trying to bring more maturity that will stop the bickering," said Anderson, a 15-year resident of the borough.

Laughman, a borough resident of 11 years, said he wants to see West York work together as a community.

Wagner, a 40-year resident of the borough, and Urich, who has lived in the borough since 1995, both said they've been considering running in the past and figured now is as good as ever.

"I think the people of West York should have someone who will look out for everyone, not just a few," Wagner said.

Koons said his frustration with politics at a national level prompted him to run. He's hoping to make a difference at the local level and to lower taxes if elected.

Berkheimer also said he wants to lower taxes if elected and would also get rid of parking meters on West Market Street that he said drive customers away from businesses.

He'd also work to do away with the borough's police department.

"I hope to abolish the West York Police Department and replace it with a professional police department," Berkheimer said.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.