York councilman wins election with just 19 votes

news@enquirerherald.comMay 8, 2013 

Mike Fuesser, a York resident for 24 years, was elected to the City Council’s District 4 seat Tuesday in a write-in election that drew just 19 votes.

“I’m looking forward to serving on the council and I’m ready to go,” said Fuesser, 51. Fuesser, a fleet service agent for US Airways in Charlotte, was the only person who sought election to the seat, which has been vacant since former councilman Harmon Merritt died in February.

Wanda Hemphill, director of York County Voter Registration and Elections, said Fuesser was elected in a unanimous vote. All the voters wrote his name “or some variation of it” on the ballot, she said.

Hemphill said turnout for the write-in election was one of the smallest she has ever seen in an election. She said District 4 has 606 registered voters who were eligible to cast ballots in the election.

The election became a write-in because no candidates filed to run for the seat during the formal filing period, which ended March 4. Fuesser later expressed interest in the seat, saying several people encouraged him to seek it.

Fuesser said he grew up in Chesapeake, Va., and moved to York in 1989 when his job brought him to Charlotte. He also has lived in Ohio, Maryland and Florida as he moved around for his airline career.

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 is anxious to begin learning about the city. “I’m ready to go,” he said.

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