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Schreiber off ballot for state House, taking YCEA position

David Weissman, and Sean Philip Cotter
York Dispatch
  • Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, resigned from the race for 95th House District.
  • Schreiber will take over as president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance.
  • York Democrats, scrambling to find a replacement, are accepting letters of intent until Aug. 12.

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber is off the November ballot for state representative.

Kevin Schreiber is congratulated on being named President and CEO of the York County Economic alliance after it was announced during a press conference at the York County Commission chambers  Thursday, August 4, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

Schreiber announced Thursday he will be taking over as president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance.

He said he will finish his current House term and will take over the YCEA position Dec. 1.

There is no word so far on who will be the new Democratic candidate to face Republican  Joel Sears of Spring Garden Township in November.

Chad Baker, head of the York County Democratic Party, said the party is looking for a candidate and will accept letters of interest through Aug. 12.

“Any candidate that would come into this, we need to hit the ground running,” he said.

York City Mayor Kim Bracey said she was approached but is not interested in the House seat.

"We've still got a lot of work to do," she said of her administration as mayor.

New job: Schreiber said the choice to switch careers was very difficult, but he ultimately decided he could have a greater impact on the local community as the head of the alliance.

"There are very few opportunities that would've entice me away," he said. "This organization is a catalyst for community development."

Schreiber has served in the House since 2013 after winning a special election to replace Eugene DePasquale, who resigned his seat to become state Auditor General.

Schreiber takes over for interim president and CEO Loren Kroh, who took the role in February following the departure of Darrell Auterson.

Schreiber previously served as director of the York City Department of Economic and Community Development.

John Klinedinst, who chaired the alliance's search committee, said the process to find a new head was extensive, narrowed from 42 to 17 to seven to three before finally recommending Schreiber.

Schreiber was chosen over candidates from Pittsburgh and Ephrata before being unanimously approved by the alliance's Board of Trustees, Klinedinst said.

"It came down to wanting someone with an economic development background that also understood York," he said. "His passion is just an added bonus."

Klinedinst added that it was important for Schreiber to complete his term as state representative while giving the Democratic Party enough time to find a replacement.

Replacement process: According to a news release from the Democratic Party of York County, any registered Democrat older than 21 residing since at least Nov. 8, 2015, in the 95th Legislative District, which includes all or parts of York City, Spring Garden Township, West Manchester Township and West York, is eligible to run for the nomination.

Anyone interested in running must submit a resume and letter of interest by mail to 135 S. Duke St., York, PA 17401, or by email to cbaker@yorkdems.org by the close of the business day on Aug. 12.

The party will then hold a public question and answer session 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 16,  at Logos Academy. Those wishing to ask questions of the candidates must submit them by email to cbaker@yorkdems.org or in writing prior to the start of the forum.

The county committee from the 95th District and executive committee of the party will decide on the nominee and announce the candidate on Aug. 17 at a time and place to be determined, according to the release.

Race for House seat: Whoever is chosen will be running against Sears, who was out canvassing on West Philadelphia Street in York City at the time of Schreiber's announcement.

Sears, who said he's knocked on more than 5,000 residents' doors thus far, said he's running his campaign on principle and always had respect for Schreiber.

"I wish him luck on his career," he said. "I'll keep trucking on."

Sears said the primary reason he decided to run was because he felt Schreiber did a good job representing York City, but more needs to be done to aid the diverse demographics of the 95th District.

Sears is the president of a software design and consulting firm and has previously served on school boards for York Suburban School District and the Lincoln Intermediate Unit.

Schreiber is currently the only York County Democrat serving in the state House or Senate.

The deadline for third-party candidates to circulate and file nomination papers was Aug. 1, according to the state Department of State website.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.