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Editor’s note: If you don’t want to live in the City of York, why the heck would you want to be the mayor??????? I would think there should be a residency requirement for the mayor.
A controversial York city mayoral candidate likely won’t appear on the Democratic ballot this spring, after a county judge ruled that he does not meet residency requirements.
President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh on Wednesday granted a petition to set aside nomination papers for Joe Beltrante, the mayoral hopeful who nonetheless maintained in court that he had “absolutely no desire” to live in the city.
That means Beltrante will not compete against incumbent Mayor Kim Bracey and York City Council President Carol Hill-Evans in the May primary, unless he first chooses to appeal the decision.
Beltrante said Wednesday afternoon that he’s not yet decided whether or not he will appeal.
On July 20th, the York City Council repealed the residency requirement for certain city employees. There are pros and cons for residency requirements depending on how you look at the big picture. At the July 20th meeting, City Council eliminated the residency requirement by a vote of 3-2.
Mayor Karen Bracey had requested that the motion be tabled for further study and a survey of city residents be taken. Her request was denied and the vote proceeded.
Now it appears Mayor Bracey will use her power of veto to stop the elimination of the residency requirement until a survey of city residents can be conducted.