York City Council Members

  • Henry Hay Nixon, President of Council

    Henry Hay Nixon, President

    101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509 – York, PA 17405

    Phone: (717) 849-2246 | Fax:(717) 812-0557 | Mobile: (717) 668-5999
    Email: henry.nxn@gmail.com

    BACKGROUND

    Henry Nixon, a Democrat, was first elected to City Council in November of 2009 and was officially sworn in on January 4, 2010, and after winning two more re-election bids, he remains a seated member of York City Council. On January 2, 2018, Henry was elected Council President and currently serves as Chair of the Economic & Community Development Committee. He is a member of the Business Administration Committee and serves as Council’s liaison to the York County Board of Commissioners and the Community Progress Council’s Board of Directors.

    Henry and his wife have lived in the city since 1970. Mr. Nixon’s decision to run for office was based in his desire to forge new alliances within our larger York community, promote economic development and jobs throughout the City, and reverse the deterioration of neighborhoods.

    He attended Mercersburg Academy and graduated from Gettysburg Area High School (1966) and Gettysburg College, BA 1970.

    Mr. Nixon has 40 successful years of business experience and community leadership. This experience qualifies him to be a good steward of his fellow taxpayers’ money. His many years of community service taught him to work well with others in seeking solutions to complex challenges. With contacts, in every field, throughout York County, he can bring resources to bear on the difficult challenges that face York.

    Mr. Nixon is passionate about the City and its future. He will put new energy into city government. He believes that City Council, the people of York and the Mayor should be aligned: have the same goals, work closely together achieving those goals and thereby move our City forward, building on the successes of the past.

    After 25 years, he retired from the furniture and interior design business in 1995. He then joined the York Symphony in 1998, as their first Executive Director. During his tenure there he developed collaborations with diverse organizations to further the mission and impact of the orchestra in the community. Mr. Nixon retired from the York Symphony Orchestra in 2011 having served as Executive Director for nearly 14 years.

    He was a member of the Steering Committee for York City Dollars For Scholars, and served on its first Board of Directors. He was appointed to the York City Waste Water Treatment Authority Board to fill a vacated term and Mayor John Brenner chose him to lead the transition team in 2001. Mr. Nixon is a current board member of Community Progress Council. He served on a variety of volunteer Boards over the years, holding leadership positions on many. He has been active in the Arts community serving on the Steering Committee that founded the Cultural Alliance of York County.

    These skills have instilled an ability to face challenges with tested experience and the necessary tools to find solutions. He is a proven leader with passion and commitment to York. He will serve with tolerance and consistency.

    The Nixons settled on North Newberry Street in 1987. Their 3 children attended City schools and graduated from William Penn High School. Their daughter and her 3 children also live in the City. Henry and his wife belong to Christ Lutheran Church on South George Street.

  • Sandie Walker, Vice President of Council

    Sandie Walker, Vice President

    101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509 – York, PA 17405

    Phone: (717) 849-2246 | Fax: (717) 812-0557 | Mobile: (717) 268-9087
    Email: Sandieforyork@gmail.com

    BACKGROUND
    Sandie Walker, a Democrat, was elected to York City Council in November 2015 and sworn into office on January 4, 2016. Sandie serves as Chair of the Police and Fire Committees, and is a member of the Economic & Community Development, and Rules & Administrative Code Committees of Council.

    Sandie has already established a track record of community service and entrepreneurship in her 32 years. A lifelong York resident, Sandie has spent the last six years as a director of the School District of the City of York. After serving one elected term, she volunteered to be appointed to a resigning board member term and has remained on the board.

    Currently an e-commerce retailer, Sandie was formerly the Youth Program Coordinator for the city for five years. Prior to that position, she worked for the York City Health Bureau as a Health Education Specialist.

    Sandie was the founder and co-director of Y.O.R.K., Youth Obtaining Respect & Knowledge, a summer traveling program that helps local teens expand their horizons through travel and community service.

    Sandie was the junior high and varsity girls’ basketball coach at William Penn Senior High School from 2005 to 2008. A 2001 graduate of William Penn, Sandie played Division I varsity women’s basketball at the University of Richmond, where she received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership Studies and a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Urban Practice and Policy. She also minored in business administration. In 2005, Sandie was also honored as the University of Richmond’s Volunteer Student of the Year.

    VISION
    “I believe we can improve the quality of life for the people of York by improving our parks and recreation system without damaging the city’s fiscal health. My background as a city employee and as someone who has worked with our youth, combined with my education in leadership and urban policy, gives me a unique perspective into what we can do to make York a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.”

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    Quality of Life
    •Enhance youth recreational programs by partnering with local organizations, such as the York School District, YMCA, YWCA and the Crispus Attucks Community Center.
    •Improve and enhance the city’s parks system.
    •Partner with the local faith community and other non-profits to reduce poverty and homelessness.
    •Support for city open space initiatives and historic preservation efforts.
    •Build new recreational programs for all city residents including the young and the young at heart.

    Public Safety
    •Support for community policing strategies, such as walking beats.
    •Ensure that city police and firefighters have all the equipment they need to keep residents and themselves safe.
    •Support for technological upgrades to keep residents safe, such as street surveillance cameras and body cameras for police.
    •Seek state and federal grants to hire more police, firefighters and purchase more needed equipment.
    •Continue the positive working relationship between city police and the York School District.

    Fiscal Responsibility
    •Work with the Mayor and other members of City Council to ensure that city government operates effectively and efficiently.
    •Support budgeting strategies that reduce the city’s long-term debt.
    •Ensure that real estate taxes are collected in a timely fashion from all of the City’s stakeholders.
    •Partner with neighboring municipalities on purchasing agreements to save money for taxpayers.
    •Look to establish Payment In Lieu of Taxes program with tax exempt entities, such as colleges and hospitals.

    Community Development
    •Will work to ensure veterans are getting the services they need and deserve.
    •Dedicated effort to increase the percentage of home ownership in York.
    •Streamline codes and the city’s code enforcement department.
    •Support for residential development and programming that provides affordable housing for core professions, such as police, firefighters and teachers.
    •Work to remove blight and strengthen the city’s residential neighborhoods.

    Job Creation and Economic Development
    •Work with city officials and local legislators to bring a City Revitalization Improvement Zone (CRIZ) to York to provide economic incentives to potential investors.
    •Support for city policies aimed at redeveloping existing brownfields into homes for job creating businesses.
    •Continued support for creative redevelopment initiatives, such as the Artist Homestead Program, which incentivizes artist home/studios in the city.
    •Will help city to recruit new investors and job creators for the identified “opportunity sites” in our Strategic Comprehensive Plan 2030.
    •Support for new and existing businesses that pay workers a living, family-sustaining wage.

  • Judy A. Ritter-Dickson, Member of Council

    Judy A. Ritter-Dickson

    Judy A. Ritter-Dickson, Member

    101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509 – York, PA 17405

    Phone: (717) 849-2246 | Fax: (717) 812-0557 | Mobile: (717) 814-8808
    Email: ritterdickson@gmail.com

    BACKGROUND

    Judy A. Ritter Dickson, MHS, BS, LAS, CCJP, a Democrat, was appointed to York City Council on November 21, 2016 to fill a vacancy  to serve until the first Monday of January 2018.  After a successful 4 year election bid, Judy was sworn into office on January 2, 2018 and will serve until the first Monday of January 2022.  Judy is Chair of the Economic & Community Development Committee and also serves on the Police, Fire, Public Works and of Council.

  • Edquina Washington, Member of Council

    Edquina Washington

    Edquina Washington, Member

    101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509 – York, PA 17405

    Phone: (717) 849-2246 | Fax: (717) 812-0557 | Mobile: (717) 456-0896
    Email: EWForYork@gmail.com

    BACKGROUND

    Edquina Washington, a Democrat, was appointed to York City Council on January 24, 2018 to fill a vacancy  to serve until the first Monday of January 2020.  Edquina is Chair of the Police & Fire Committees of Council and is a member of the Business Administration Committee.

    With over 10 years of experience in government relations in both state and local government, Edquina has gained varied levels of experience in building strategic partnerships and relationships, nonprofit leadership, advocacy, innovative program development, successful promotional and communication campaigns, fundraising, and community relations.

    She understands firsthand the importance and significance of City of York government and the development of substantial legislation and strategies that enhance and positively impact our community, as well as the level of leadership, experience, and boldness that being a York City Council person entails.

    During her career as the Director of Community Relations for the City of York, Edquina spearheaded communications and media plans, as well as assisted with the advocacy efforts relative to municipal pension reform, gun control reform, public education policies, and immigration reform, to name a few.

    She has also spearheaded the development and implementation of several national initiatives within our community. With direct experience working in state legislature, Edquina served as a Legislative Assistant for the 95th District, having worked both in the district office and in Harrisburg.

    Her elevated level of leadership abilities is also evidenced through her volunteerism on several Authorities, Boards, and Commissions throughout York County.

    Edquina states, “My passion for public service, commitment and leadership in our community, forward thinking approaches, cross sector relationship building, and strategic community development that enhances the lives of community members, serves as my motivation to advance and further assist our community.”

    Edquina holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Corrections from York College of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Human Services from Capella University.

  • H. Michael Buckingham, Member of Council

    H. Michael Buckingham, Member

    101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509 – York, PA 17405

    Phone: (717) 849-2246 | Fax: (717) 812-0557 | Mobile: (717) 495-3207
    Email:  mbuckingham905@gmail.com

    SUMMARY

    • Committed to a Safer York
    • Committed to Property Tax Stability
    • Committed to Creating Real Job Opportunities for City Residents
    • Served Over 20 Years on the York City Planning Commission
    • Lifelong resident of York City, grew up on North Hartley St.
    • Homeowner in York City for over 33 years
    • Raised two sons in City school system
    • Three year veteran of the U.S. Amy Signal Corps
    • MBA & CPA, with 16 years in public accounting
    • Eighteen years of retail business ownership and management
    • Nine years as CFO/Controller of an Internet tech company
    • Currently serving as Treasurer to the Board of Directors of the Community Progress Council


    BACKGROUND

    Mike was appointed to York City Council on January 24, 2018 to fill a two year vacancy, which will expire on the first Monday of January 2020. He is Chair of the Business Administration Committee and is a member of the Public Works and Rules & Administrative Code Committees. He also serves as Council’s representative on the Officers and Employees Retirement Board. In 1996, Mike was appointed to the York City Planning Commission and served on that commission for over 20 years, including the position of Chair. Mike was also a former member of the York City Vacant Property Review Committee. In addition to his Council related duties, Mike serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Community Progress Council of York.

    Mike, a lifelong resident, was raised on N. Hartley St. in the City of York. After graduation from high school and college, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corp, was commissioned as a Lieutenant, and served in both the United States and Germany. After returning from military service, Mike obtained an MBA from Penn State, with a concentration in accounting and finance.

    After receiving his MBA, Mike secured his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation and worked in the public accounting arena for 16 years. He specialized in small business and individual accounting, tax and financial consulting. He also has extensive experience in school district and nonprofit accounting and auditing. For the next 18 years, Mike owned and managed a retail business in York. He then transitioned back to accounting, serving as a CFO/Controller for a small tech firm in York for 8 years.

    Mike and his wife have been home owners in the city for over 37 years, and they raised two sons in the York City school system, who are proud graduates of York High.

    As a York City Councilman, Mike is committed to serving the York City community by improving our residents’ quality of life while working on initiatives to entice new businesses wishing to invest in our fine City. As chair of the Business Administration Committee, Mike has emerged as a fiscal overseer, having combed through the City’s budget for cost-saving strategies to keep taxes at bay, without sacrificing our much needed services. As the city’s pension obligations, fees, and taxes continue to be an issue, Mike said he will work closely with the city’s administration and consultants to find workable options that won’t burden our residents.

    Mike is committed to finishing the rewrite of Article 136 (The Smallwood Amendment). This is designed to assist our small and disadvantaged businesses in the City contract bidding process, which will, in turn, stimulate new employment opportunities, assist in the development of existing City businesses, and encourage businesses to locate and remain in the City. Mike is committed to moving the Penn Street Market project forward, so that this valuable community resource can be revitalized and strengthened. He supports the Mayor’s plans to take full advantage of the economic development potential of the Federal Opportunity Zone Program, which will entice new businesses to locate in the city and help existing city businesses to grow and succeed. Mike is also interested in finding new sources of development dollars, both public and private, and directing these new development funds toward revitalizing our neglected city neighborhood housing and infrastructure.

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