Seven people interested in 95th House seat
- Seven local Democrats are vying for the seat Schreiber is vacating.
- The local Dems will hold a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday to choose what candidate to put on the ballot.
The Democratic Party of York has released the names of all seven people vying to replace state Rep. Kevin Schreiber on the ballot for the 95th House seat.
Shawn Mauck, Edquina Washington, Carol Hill-Evans, Don Hake, JP Kurish, Stephanie Adamchik and Brian Pendergast have submitted letters of interest to the the local party, according Chad Baker, chairman of the local Democratic committee.
They will participate in a forum for prospective candidates hosted Wednesday by the local Democratic Party. The event is slated to help determine the party's choice to run in place of Schreiber, the Democratic incumbent who dropped out of the race last week to take a job as the president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance.
On Friday, York City Council President Hill-Evans threw her hat into the ring. In November, Hill-Evans was elected to her third four-year term on City Council. She has served as president for the last five years and was vice president for two years before that.
In a five-way Democratic primary last year — the primary all but decides who is going to be on council in the Democrat-heavy York City — the lifelong Yorker came in first.
Hill-Evans said education would be a priority for her if she were to get on the ballot and then defeat Republican Joel Sears, a businessman from Spring Garden Township.
She said her experience on the council would benefit her in Harrisburg.
"I'm familiar with the laws," she said. "I'm familiar with the process."
If Hill-Evans were to get on the ballot and then win in November, she wouldn't have to leave the council until she was sworn in as a state representative in January, according to assistant city solicitor Jason Sabol.
From that point, the remaining City Council members would have 30 days to nominate and then vote on a replacement for her council seat. If there were a tie vote, Sabol said, Mayor Kim Bracey would cast the deciding vote — pretty much the only time the York City mayor gets a vote in council business.
Hill-Evans was the third person to publicly express interest in the seat, after Washington and Mauck, who is president of the West York Borough Council.
Washington, who has served for the last six years as the director of public relations in Bracey's administration, said she is waiting for the Wednesday forum to go into greater detail on the issues she feels strongly about, but she is eager to do so. She said she intends to focus largely on working families and their unique needs, not just here in York, but across the state.
“My focus is on the working families in Pennsylvania,” she said.
Washington said she is planning to employ a grass-roots approach, not just to her campaign, should she be selected to run, but to her term in office, should she be elected.
“It is very important the people have a voice. And I am born and raised here, and as a proud Yorker I look forward to speaking up for and being a voice for the people,” Washington said.
Washington has served on and is either the director on or a previous director on several advisory boards and boards of directors throughout the city, including the YWCA York, the United Way’s Women Living United, Lincoln Charter School and Leadership York.
She said she is aware of the pool of candidates from which the party has to choose, but she is concentrating on the experience and the ideas she brings to the table.
“I am focused on the great things I want to do for my community,” she said.
The Democratic party accepted letters of intent from potential candidates after Schreiber, the lone county Democrat currently sitting on the state House or Senate, announced his intentions to leave the campaign trail Aug. 4.
The party's public forum to interview the candidates is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Bond building, 134 E. King St. That night, the party will choose one of the candidates to put on the ballot; that's how nominees are selected if there is an open spot after the primaries are over.
Election day is Nov. 8.
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Staff writers Christopher Dornblaser and John Joyce contributed to this report.