York City Council race rolls on after primary day
Results in the race for York City Council will likely spur a mini-election in the coming months.
Judy Ritter-Dickson, who was appointed to the council in November 2016 following Carol Hill-Evans’ election to the state House of Representatives, won the right to serve a full four-year term after picking up 35 percent of the vote Tuesday.
In a separate race, Ritter-Dickson also won the right to finish out the last two years of Hill-Evans’ term, leaving her with several options.
Ritter-Dickson and Henry Nixon won re-election Tuesday night, defeating Councilwoman Renee Nelson and challenger Anne Clark for the two four-year terms.
In the race for the two-year term, Ritter-Dickson won with 50 percent of the vote, doubling both Clark’s and Nelson’s vote totals. Nixon did not run for the two-year term.
Decision to make: Ritter-Dickson said the primary results reflect her belief in the people of York City and their belief in her.
“They know that I am willing to serve and to serve them to make sure that they have quality of life,” Ritter-Dickson said of the primary results.
Ritter-Dickson said Wednesday afternoon that she intends to accept one of the Democratic Party’s nominations for council and withdraw her name for nomination to the other seat.
Ritter-Dickson said she has not “had time to digest all of this” and will choose which seat she will take soon.
Once she officially withdraws her name for one of the nominations, the Democratic Party of York County will convene its committee and nominating members to determine who will replace Ritter-Dickson on one section of the general election ballot, said Democratic Party chairman Chad Baker.
Nominating group: The nominating body will be composed of about 30 people, including the party’s 18 committee members in York City and up to a dozen executive and state committee members, Baker said.
The group is starting “to get quite familiar” with the process, having nominated Eugene DePasquale, Kevin Schreiber and Hill-Evans to run as Democrats for the 95th state House district over the past decade, Baker said.
The party will ask for letters of intent and resumes from anyone interested in running for the seat, Baker said, though he said he suspects Clark and Nelson will be the only candidates in the small-scale race.
The candidates will then be given an opportunity to address the nominating committee and answer any questions, including questions from the public, Baker said.
The entire process will be open to the public, though only members of the nominating committee can vote, Baker said.
Baker said “the sooner the better,” when asked about a timeline for nominating another candidate, but he added that the window of opportunity is a little longer in this particular race.
“The fact that the city race is a primarily Democratic race, with no Republican challengers, gives us a little bit of time,” Baker said. “But we also want to ward off write-ins and give ample time (for candidates) to get out there and campaign.”