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York elected officials back Bracey's re-election bid

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

With the 2017 municipal election season looming, York City Mayor Kim Bracey continues to pick up support from her fellow elected officials. 

In the final two weeks of her campaign for a third term as mayor, Bracey has picked up the backing of state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans and three of the five members on the York City Council.

York City Mayor Kim Bracey talks with The York County Economic Alliance President Kevin Schreiber after a mayoral debates at the Country Club of York Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. The debate was hosted by the Rotary Club of York. Bill Kalina photo

DePasquale announced Thursday, Nov. 2, that he supports Bracey’s re-election bid because of her work to put the city on a more “sound financial footing” by cutting property taxes. 

“As a resident of York County, I am proud of Mayor Kim Bracey’s leadership. As auditor general, I have seen the negative impacts weak leadership can have on a city’s finance,” DePasquale said in a news release from Mike Mikus, Bracey’s campaign consultant. 

“York is lucky to have a mayor who was willing to make the tough decisions, and now York’s finances are in a much better place than when Mayor Bracey first took office,” DePasquale said.

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Last week, Hill-Evans and council members Henry Nixon, Judy Ritter-Dickson and Sandie Walker threw their support behind Bracey.

Hill-Evans said she endorsed Bracey for her “leadership and commitment to every neighborhood” in York City. 

“Having served on city council, I know how difficult it is to accomplish what Mayor Bracey has done,” Hill-Evans said in a news release. “Mayor Kim Bracey has led the charge to lower property taxes, reduce crime by 31 percent and has been instrumental in revitalizing and investing in our neighborhoods.”

The endorsement from Nixon, Ritter-Dickson and Walker also cites a significant drop in crime during Bracey’s first two terms and the 3 percent property-tax reduction in the city’s last two annual budgets. 

“Thanks to Mayor Kim Bracey’s leadership, York is a much better place to live and work,” Walker said in a news release. “I wholeheartedly endorse Kim Bracey for mayor because we need to keep moving York in the right direction.”

Bracey also secured the endorsements of Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in her race against York City Council President Michael Helfrich and York City school director David Moser.

Helfrich, a Democrat, will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot as a Republican after winning the party’s nomination via write-in votes during May’s primary. Moser is running as a Libertarian candidate.