Two York City Council seats up for election Tuesday

jbecknell@enquirerherald.comOctober 31, 2013 

— Voters in two York City Council districts will go to the polls Tuesday to choose city leaders for the next four years.

The two races are:

• District 6, where the candidates are former council member Johnny McCoy, 63, who served one four-year term before he was defeated by three votes in 2009, and John Shiflet, 67, retired president and CEO of York Place, the Episcopal Home for Children.

District 6 Councilman Mark Boley is not seeking re-election.

• District 1, where the candidates are political newcomer John Eakin, a 35-year-old disabled man with a previous career in the hospitality industry, who is challenging councilman Charles Johnson, 77, who has held the seat since 1994.

In York’s District 5 council seat, council member Denise Lowry is unopposed.

Municipal elections will not be held in Clover, Smyrna, Hickory Grove, Sharon and McConnells because there were no contested races. The McConnells race initially had five candidates vying for four open seats, but one withdrew and the election was canceled.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Wanda Hemphill, director of York County Elections and Voter Registration, said the precincts that will vote are York 1 at Cotton Belt Elementary; York 2 at Harold C. Johnson Elementary; and Cannon Mill at Central Baptist Church.

In addition, she said 24 voters in the Cotton Belt precinct, who normally vote at Bersheeba Presbyterian Church, will vote at Central Baptist Church.

Hemphill said the York council districts were redrawn earlier this year, so some residents may live in different districts than in the last election.

She said District 1 has 696 voters and District 6 has 781 voters.

Hemphill also noted voters in Tuesday’s election will need to comply with new photo ID requirements. Acceptable photo IDs include a driver’s license, a photo ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles, a passport, military ID or a voter registration card with a photo.

“On Election Day, if a person goes to the polls and they need that photo ID, they can come to the elections office in York, secure that and go back to the polls,” she said.

Jennifer Becknell •  803-329-4077

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