The York City mayor's office belongs to Kim Bracey for another four years.

The city's first black mayor, first elected to serve in 2010, easily defeated a Libertarian challenger in Tuesday's election.

Bracey, a Democrat, said she and her campaign supporters took nothing for granted.

"We worked hard," she said. "Anything was possible."

But Bracey supporters were clearly confident as the results rolled into York County Democratic headquarters Tuesday night. Early precinct reports quickly established a big lead for Bracey over David Moser, who ultimately earned about 26 percent of 2,704 ballots cast in the city.

Claiming victory, Bracey said she's pleased to know residents want her to stick around.

She acknowledged "room for improvement," but said she'll continue to address residents' concerns through town-hall meetings and an open-door policy at City Hall.

"It's a good feeling to know that it will continue on," she said.

Background: A graduate of William Penn Senior High School, Bracey attended college and served in the Air Force before returning to York in 1994. She led the South George Street Community Partnership as executive director and was named York's director of community development by former Mayor John Brenner in 2003.

She is the second woman to serve as York City's mayor.

Moser did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Goals: Looking ahead, Bracey said she wants to continue working with York College to establish a "true town-gown relationship."

The challenges in her second term, Bracey said, remain largely the same as those she faced four years ago.

Property-tax reform - long championed by Bracey and mayors of other third-class cities - continues to elude Pennsylvanians, hamstringing cities where tax rates are out of control.

Nonetheless, Bracey said, she's confident York will avoid a property-tax increase for the second year in a row. The mayor and her staff are working on a 2014 budget and will present it soon to the York City Council.

"We're doing everything we can not to have a tax increase," Bracey said. "I'm feeling good."

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