York City Mayor Kim Bracey will move ahead to November as Democrats' nominee in her bid for a second term.
With about 56 percent of votes in her favor, Bracey defeated challenger and York City Council President Carol Hill-Evans. Bracey earned 1,307 votes to Hill-Evans' 1,023.
"We heard from the residents. We heard they support us," Bracey said. "I feel real good about this."
Bracey is not, however, guaranteed a second term.
An independent, write-in or third-party candidate could mount a campaign against her. Libertarian David Moser has already indicated his intention to do so.
Between now and November, Bracey said, she'll continue to work hard as mayor.
A new priority, Bracey said, is finding an economic and community development director to replace Kevin Schreiber, who won election Tuesday as the next representative of the 95th state House District.
As for her relationship with Hill-Evans, Bracey said she'll continue to work with the council president.
During the campaign, both candidates "stayed professional," Bracey said.
"I don't think it was adversarial," she said.
Asked to run: After the results came in, Hill-Evans said she ran "because people in the community asked me to run."
Residents are concerned about rising property taxes, crime and a lack of response from City Hall, Hill-Evans said.
If the current administration moves forward with those concerns in mind, then "we won," Hill-Evans said.
"We're good, and we can live with that," she said.
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