Activist, former city administrator on short list to fill York council seats

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

A list of 29 applicants interested in filling two vacant seats on York City Council has been narrowed to seven people who will be interviewed this week.

Edquina Washington greets attendees of the York County Democrats forum to meet the candidates interested in filling the upcoming 95th Legislative District vacancy, Wednesday, August 17, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

Among them: Lou Rivera, a York County Hispanic activist with Centro Hispano Jose Hernandez, and Edquina Washington, Lincoln Charter School board president and director of community relations under former York City Mayor Kim Bracey, according to a news release.

After last year's municipal election, York City Mayor Michael Helfrich — then outgoing city council president — urged Hispanic residents to apply for the openings.

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York City Council President Henry Nixon, then vice president, offered similar sentiments, adding he wanted to see Hispanic representation on the council.

To apply, applicants needed to be at least 21 years old, be an active city resident for at least one year and reside in the city throughout their term. The seven selected applicants, listed below, have been invited for interviews at the next committee meeting, at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in city council chambers, 101 S. George St.:

  • H. Michael Buckingham
  • April Herring
  • Christine Lincoln
  • Montez D. Parker III
  • Louis F. Rivera III
  • Willard S. Squire III
  • Edquina Washington

The appointments will be made immediately following the interviews. The two selected will finish Helfrich's term, which ends Jan. 6, 2020, and a two-year term won but passed over by Councilwoman Judy Ritter-Dickson ending on the same day.