African-American Leadership Roundtable to hold city council, commissioners candidate forum

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
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The African-American Leadership Roundtable will host a forum to give York City Council and York County Board of Commissioners candidates a chance to make themselves known to voters.

The free event will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Zion United Church of Christ at 100 Lafayette St., according to a news release. WGAL-TV news anchor Ron Martin will host the event.

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The roundtable, which began in 1999, is a group of African-American educators, community activists and members of the Black Ministers Association of York, said Barry Freeland, a group member and program manager at Crispus Attucks.

"This is an effort to get the African-American community involved in the political process, enhance voter turnout and identify political candidates," he said. 

The group doesn't endorse candidates, and it isn't going to limit discussion to racial issues. Candidates will be able to talk about life experiences, their political platforms and key issues.

There are eight commissioner candidates, one of whom is African-American — Karen Crosby, one of the five women who had the police called on them twice at Grandview Golf Course in Dover Township last year.

There is just one new candidate for York City Council so far, which is Latinos Unidos of York Chairman Lou Rivera. Two of the African-American councilwomen, Sandie Walker and Edquina Washington, are running for re-election, as is council member Michael Buckingham.

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