York County Dems mum on Schreiber replacement

David Weissman
  • York Dems, searching for replacement on 95th House district ballot, will hold a public forum.
  • Forum date and location has been changed to 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 17, at The Bond in York City.
  • Edquina Washington, of York City, and Shawn Mauck, of West York, announced intentions to run via Facebook.

The Democratic Party of York County is being tight-lipped about who wants to replace state Rep. Kevin Schreiber on the November ballot for the 95th House District.

The party has been accepting letters of intent from potential candidates since the lone county Democrat currently sitting on the state House or Senate announced his intentions to leave the campaign trail and accept the position of president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance.

Democratic Chairman Chad Baker wrote in an email that the party has received resumes and letters of intent from "a few people" but added that the party would not be releasing names until the submitted information has been vetted to ensure all candidates meet the minimum requirements as outlined by the state.

Rep. Kevin Schreiber, the new President and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance speaks after the announcement, Thursday, August 4, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

Baker wrote that the process would last at least until Saturday.

Two potential candidates have announced their intentions in public Facebook posts: West York Borough Council President Shawn Mauck and the city's director of community relations, Edquina Washington.

Washington works closely with York City Mayor Kim Bracey, who said last week that she has no intention to run for the position, despite being approached by the county's party representatives. Washington was not immediately available for comment.

Mauck rose to the council president role in June, when former the former president, Shelley Metzler, vacated her position. The council's vice president, Nick Laughman, completely resigned from the council during that same meeting. Metzler is still serving on the council.

West York Borough Councilman Shawn Mauck said the recently approved firefighter contract calls for yearly pay increases of 2.5 percent throughout its five years. Bill Kaline photo

Mauck, who works for Auditor General (and former state representative for the 95th) Eugene DePasquale, said he's been involved in politics most of his life and believes he can make a difference.

"It's going to take someone vetted by the public before (to win with a shortened campaign)," Mauck said, pointing to his successful election for West York councilman. "I'd like to continue the great work by Kevin and Eugene."

After learning of Schreiber's dropping out of the race, Mauck said he talked to his friends and family and felt the time was right. He will continue his work as an auditor and serving on West York's council throughout the campaign if he is chosen, he said.

"I believe with my work ethic that I can get the job done and get my message out there," he said. "It's going to be a lot about motivating volunteers."

A list of the issues he hopes to champion if elected to office includes lowering property taxes, fair funding for schools, improving opportunities for veterans and fighting against House Bill 1948, legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

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All resumes and letters of intent must be mailed to the Democratic Party of York County, at 135 S. Duke St., or emailed to cbaker@yorkdems.org by the close of business on Friday.

The party will then hold a public forum to interview the candidates. The forum was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Logos Academy, but it will now take place 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at The Bond, at 134 E. King St., according to a news release.

The forum will be moderated by Christina Kauffman, a former editor and reporter for The York Dispatch.

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 person the party chooses will be up against Republican candidate Joel Sears in the general election.

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