Newly opened seats in York County election
Voters in parts of York County will see additional open seats on the ballot when they head to their polling place in November.
Seven seats ranging from mayor of Fawn Grove to York City school board became vacant because of, for example, resignations after the May primary election, and they will be filled by voters during the general election, said Nikki Suchanic, head of the county's elections and voter registration office.
That means officials with the two political parties are now tasked with putting forth candidates to run in the election to fill the unexpired terms.
"Each party, Democrat and Republican, have an opportunity to nominate a candidate," Suchanic said.
Political hopefuls not selected or those affiliated with a minor party can launch a write-in campaign, she said.
Party nominations for the seats are due to the elections bureau by mid-September.
Positions: The newly open positions are:
•Fawn Grove mayor
•Red Lion School District director (Region 1)
•Eastern York School District director (Region 1)
•York City School District director (two-year seat)
•Glen Rock mayor
•Fawn Township auditor
Parties: York County's Democratic Party is accepting resumes and letters of interest from those wanting to run for a position, said Bob Kefauver, its chairman.
The candidates will be interviewed, and the party's executive committee will then vote to nominate a candidate, he said.
Kefauver said they keep the process as democratic as possible and include the entire executive committee, so not just one or two committee members who live in an area where there is an open seat are making the decision.
"We never do a hand-picked process," he said. "You don't want it to come down to just one or two precinct committee people voting."
The York GOP also is seeking candidates and has heard from two people who want to run for mayor of Glen Rock, said Jenna Geesey, executive director.
Republican precinct committee members will then vote on a candidate. In Glen Rock, for example, the two precinct members will decide who will appear on the ballot, she said.
Finding candidates for local office isn't always an easy task since most offer little or no pay, Geesey said.
Overcoming the perception that politicians gum up the wheels of government also sways some from seeking office, Kefauver said.
"I don't know what we do to combat this," he said.
Interested? Democrats who want to run for one of the newly opened elected seats in York County should send a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org or to 135 S. Duke St., York, PA 17401.
The deadline to submit paperwork is Monday, and the executive committee will make its decision Tuesday. Call (717) 812-1200 for more information.
Republicans should contact Jenna Geesey, executive director of the York GOP, at (717) 854-7276 or email@example.com.
— Reach Greg Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org.