YORK — A York City Council write-in election will be Tuesday, May 7, to choose a representative for the District 4 seat, which has been vacant since council member Harmon Merritt died in February. Mike Fuesser, a York resident for 24 years, is the only person who has formally declared an interest in the seat.
A York City Council write-in election will be Tuesday, May 7, to choose a representative for the District 4 seat, which has been vacant since council member Harmon Merritt died in February.
Mike Fuesser, a York resident for 24 years, is the only person who has formally declared an interest in the seat, according to Wanda Hemphill, director of the York County Registration and Elections Office
Write-in candidates are not required to file for election, but Hemphill encouraged interested candidates to contact the office to express their intentions. The write-in election was scheduled because no qualified candidates filed to seek election during the official filing period, which ended March 4.
“I thought I’d give it a shot,” Fuesser, 51, said last week. “I don’t really have any political motives. I just want to know more about the city and how the city runs. It seemed like a good opportunity to do something different than what I’ve done my whole life.”
Fuesser, a fleet service agent for US Airways in Charlotte, grew up in Chesapeake, Va., and moved to York in 1989. He has also lived in Ohio, Maryland and Florida, as he moved for his airline career.
He said several people approached him and asked him to consider running.
Fuesser and his wife, Barb, are the parents of four adult children, all graduates of York schools. His three oldest children, Kris, Kim and Katy, live in York. His youngest son, Zac Fuesser, 22, has been featured in sports news reports for his baseball career. He now plays for the Bradenton Marauders, Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Fuesser said he will need to learn more about city issues if he’s elected, but he is interested in keeping taxes down. “As a taxpayer, I like to keep costs down,” he said. “Times are tough, and they’re tough for everybody.”
Fuesser said he and his family chose to live in York because of its small-town atmosphere. “Everything is very convenient to get to. I”ve met a lot of nice people and made good friends.”
Hemphill said no names will appear on the ballot. Voters must write in the person of their choice, she said. Only residents of District 4, which includes the Cannon Mill and York 2 precincts, can vote in the election.
Poll hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
As of Jan. 1, South Carolina requires voters to show a photo ID. Voters can use a valid South Carolina driver’s license, a South Carolina ID card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, a military ID, passport, Veteran’s Affairs card or a voter registration card with a photo.
Voters who do not have one of these forms of photo IDs may obtain a photo ID from the elections office at 13 S. Congress St., York. For more information, call the office at 803-684-1242.