York County Dems don't have quorum to elect new chair


York County Democrats will remain under the leadership of Bob Kefauver after its committee failed to meet a quorum to elect a new chairperson Tuesday.

The Democrats will hold another meeting for committee members to vote on a new leader in the coming months, Kefauver said.

Carla Christopher, former poet laureate of York City, and Bill Hannsman, who is self employed and a resident of Dover Township, had circulated petitions to be considered for the position. But since a vote didn't happen, Christopher, Hannsman and any other candidate wanting to hold the post have to go through the process again at the next meeting.

In order for a vote to take place, 72 executive committee members need to be present. The committee was 12 members short of a quorum at the meeting Tuesday evening at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York in the city.

Some committee members didn't attend because they were out of town on vacation, Kefauver said, adding the Democrats traditionally don't hold meetings in July for that very reason.

Kefauver, the longest-serving chairman local Democrats have had since the 1970s, announced his resignation due to health reasons in June. At the time, he said he'll remain chairman until a new one is elected.

Local Democrats presented him with a plaque marking his five year of service at the end of the meeting.

"I couldn't do what I do without so many people," Kefauver said, choking back tears.

Democrats will announce the date of the next meeting shortly.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.