York City councilwoman launches election bid

Jason Addy
  • Councilwoman Judy Ritter-Dickson wants to extend her term on the York City Council.
  • In November, Ritter-Dickson was named to fill the vacancy left by now-State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans.
  • She is one of three candidates to announce a campaign. Three seats are up for election this year.

After 10 weeks on the job, York City Councilwoman Judy Ritter-Dickson announced she wants four more years.

Ritter-Dickson launched her campaign for election to the council Monday, saying she will “be an active liaison between governments and the concerns of all city residents.”

She was unanimously appointed to the council in November to replace former council president Carol Hill-Evans, who stepped down after being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Judy Ritter-Dickson, right, is sworn in as council member Sandie Walker, left, and York City clerk Dianna Thompson-Mitchell look on during a special York City Council meeting at City Hall on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Ritter-Dickson, a Democrat, said she had planned to run for a seat on council this year, even if she missed out on the appointment.

City Council appoints new member

Though she serves on a variety of community boards, including the York County Advisory Council, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and WellSpan Health’s For Heart’s Sake program, she said she wants to be more involved in the community.

If elected, Ritter-Dickson said she will call on her fellow citizens to be more involved in their communities, too.

Ritter-Dickson said she will rally residents to be more hands-on in creating the change they wish to see in their city.

“We’re in a good place, but we’ve got a lot of work to do and a lot of growing yet to do,” Ritter-Dickson said. “If we continue to work together as a community, I believe that we can make even more changes than we’ve already made, make changes for the better.”

Ritter-Dickson said she will continue to be active in engaging residents by holding meetings outside council hours, walking around the community and talking with people “wherever I see them.”

This will be her first campaign as a candidate, though she said she feels comfortable running for office, having helped manage others’ campaigns.

Ritter-Dickson said her passion for York City comes from being born and raised in the city, attending and graduating from city schools and witnessing the 1969 race riots and the growth and development that followed.

“My passion comes from being a native,” Ritter-Dickson said.

Ritter-Dickson joins Councilman Henry Nixon and Anne Clark, director of community outreach for Lincoln Charter School, in the race for three open seats on the York City Council in the May 16 primary. All are running as Democrats.