Charter school rep running for York City Council

Jason Addy, and Christopher Dornblaser
York Dispatch
  • Anne Clark, director of community outreach at Lincoln Charter School, is running for York City Council.
  • Clark said a seat on the council would allow her to do similar work on a larger scale.
  • She kicked off her campaign Saturday at Continental Square.

When a vacancy opened on the York City Council in November, Anne Clark thought it might be her time to serve the city she loves, the place where she grew up.

Clark applied for the position and interviewed in front of the council, but the seat ultimately went to now-Councilwoman Judy Ritter-Dickson.

Along with her campaign staff, Anne Clark explains her plans for turning York CIty into a "smart city" during her City Council campaign kick-off Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Continental Square. Amanda J. Cain photo

Though she felt she did her research and aced her interview, Clark said, the non-appointment solidified her desire to serve on the council.

“I’m so glad I didn’t get it, because you get a different fire when you don’t get something the first time,” she said.

Anne Clark talks to supporters after her City Council campaign kick-off Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Continental Square. Amanda J. Cain photo

Experience: As the director of community outreach at Lincoln Charter School, Clark said, she has spent the past five years building partnerships among students, parents and staff and local organizations and businesses.

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Clark’s position at the charter school has seen her work on projects with every York City administrative department director, she said, giving her a solid foundation of established relationships to build on, if elected.

With help from the city’s administration and Fortune 500 companies, Clark said, she was able to build playgrounds and gardens in York City and complete other projects to benefit her students and the city as a whole.

Clark said that while she loves her job at Lincoln, a seat on council would give her an opportunity to do the same work on a much larger scale.

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Though York City and York County rank among the worst in the state on wage and poverty measures, Clark said, education can be a “difference-maker for everyone” as it “opens up doors and our minds to new experiences.”

Having coached boys and girls clubs for years, Clark said she wants a seat on the council to ensure her former pupils have opportunities in York City as they begin to graduate from college.

“I don’t want graduates leaving our communities because we don’t have the jobs for them, the economy for them or the opportunities for them,” she said.

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Clark grew up in York City, attending Hannah Penn Middle School and graduating from William Penn Senior High School, and she has spent almost her entire life in the city, barring a few months in Los Angeles and two years in West Manchester Township.

“I love York City, and I’m proud to be from York,” Clark said. “I want the next generation to have the opportunity to feel the same way as I do.”

Jamiel Alexander, of York City, gives his support for Anne Clark during her City Council campaign kick-off Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Continental Square. Amanda J. Cain photo

Announcement: On Saturday, Clark officially announced her first true campaign for York City Council at Continental Square.

Surrounded by supporters, she expressed her love for the city and her hopes for it.

Clark said the location is perfect for her announcement because it's "everybody's neighborhood."

While at the square, she urged citizens to get together with community leaders to discuss what they would like to see in the city.

"If you want to know why I want to turn York around, it's for the children and grandchildren," she said.

Supporter Melissa Wunch, of York City, said she knows Clark because her son goes to Lincoln Charter School.

"She's been great with the kids," Wunch said.

Wunch said Clark always pushes for what she wants.

"I think she'll be great for the city," Wunch said.

For more information on Clark, check her campaign's Facebook page.

Clark is running for one of three open seats on the council, with Councilman Henry Nixon and Councilwomen Renee Nelson and Judy Ritter-Dickson up for election this year.