Hundreds of candidates have filed petitions to run for any of the more than 100 seats available in York County's local government, meeting Tuesday's deadline to appear on the ballot for the May 21 primary.

County elections director Nikki Suchanic said the candidate pool is about what she expected, as the high-profile seats up for grabs in the election include row offices such as District Attorney and a handful of magisterial district judge positions.

The number of newspaper headlines coming from a certain area often predicts the popularity of seats there, Suchanic said, as interest in public positions increases with controversy. She cited West York as an example, where several candidates are vying for seats on the borough council since there was a debate over police protection.

Seats are also more popular when there's no incumbent, as incumbents are difficult to unseat, she said.

Voters must be registered as Republican or Democrat to vote in the primary, and April 22 is the deadline by which residents must register.

Independents will be able to cast votes only in the special election for the 95th House District and two referendums on the primary ballot.

Residents in both Dallastown and Dillsburg will have to answer yes or no to this question: "Do you favor the granting of liquor license for the sale of liquor in the Borough of (either Dallastown or Dillsburg)."

Suchanic said a simple majority wins.

The following is the list of candidates who had filed petitions.


District Attorney

Tom Kearney (R)

Korey Leslie (R)


Robb Green (R)

Bonner Smith (R)

Recorder of Deeds

Randi Reisinger (R)


Kay Strausbaugh (D)

Steve Cosey (R)

Pam Gay (R)

Onalee Gilbert (R)

Magisterial Districts

19-1-04, covering York City

Ronald Haskell Jr. (crossfile)

19-1-05, covering York City

Joel Toluba (D)

Tom Harteis (D)

Kathy Doucette (crossfile)

19-2-04, covering Manchester Township

Angela Dobrinoff Blake (crossfile)

Jeffrey Oberdorf (crossfile)

Donald Dull Jr. (crossfile)

Steven Ruffatto (crossfile)

19-3-11, covering Hallam, Manchester, Mount Wolf, Wrightsville, and East Manchester and Hellam townships

Laura Manifold (crossfile)

Drew Heistand (crossfile)

Kevin Romine (crossfile)

Robert Eckenrode (crossfile)

Howard Daniels (crossfile)

Bruce Bartz (crossfile)

According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, two candidates have filed petitions for an open seat on the bench for the York County Court of Common Pleas. They are Todd Platts and Judge Michael Flannelly. Both candidates cross-filed as Democrat and Republican.

Candidates in the special election in the 95th House District have until April 1 to file petitions with the Department of State, said spokesman Ron Ruman.

As of Tuesday afternoon, only Democrat Kevin Schreiber and Republican Bryan Tate had filed, according to the state database.

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