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


    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 was again elected President on January 6, 2020.  He currently serves as the Chair of Council’s General Committee, and is a member of the Business Administration, Economic & Community Development, and Rules & Administrative Code Committees of Council, and serves as Council’s representative to the York County Board of Commissioners.  

    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

    Sandie Walker, a Democrat, was sworn into to office on January 4, 2016 and after a successful re-election bid, Sandie was again sworn into office on January 6, 2020. Sandie serves as the Chair of the Public Works and Business Administration Committees of Council, and is a member of the Economic & Community Development and Rules & Administrative Code Committees of Council. Sandie was also appointed as Council’s representative to the City/School District Cooperation & Open Communications Committee.

    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.

    “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.”

    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


    Judy A. Ritter Dickson, MHS, BS, LAS, CCJP, a Democrat, was appointed to York City Council on November 21, 2016 to fill a vacancy and served until the first Monday of January 2018.  After a successful 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 is a member of the Police & Fire, and Council’s representative to the city’s Vacant Property Review Committee.

  • 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


    Edquina Washington, a Democrat, was appointed to York City Council on January 24, 2018 to fill a vacancy and served until the first Monday of January 2020.  After a successful election bid, Edquina was sworn into office on January 6, 2020 and will serve in this capacity for four years.  Edquina is Chair of the Police & Fire Committee and is as a member of the Public Works and Business Administration Committees of Council.

    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.

  • Lou Rivera, Member of Council

    Lou Rivera, 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: (409) 363.0959
    Email: louis.rivera.lr@gmail.com


    Lou Rivera, a Democrat, was sworn into office on January 6, 2020.  Lou is Chair of the Rules & Administrative Code Committee of Council and is a member of the Police & Fire, and Public Works Committees of Council, and serves as Council’s representative on the Officers’ and Employees’ Retirement Board.

    Lou holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is fluent in Spanish and is heavily involved in the Latino and LGBTQ Communities. He has assisted in coordinating LGBTQ Pride Night and Latin Heritage Night, and he also played a major role in putting together committees to assist in planning, organizing and executing of various community events. In addition to his community service, Lou’s background includes catering management and operations management.  

    As a proud member of El Centro Hispano/Spanish-American Center, Lou facilitated two major hurricane relief efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Maria by coordinating the York chapter of Puerto Rico Se Levanta 2018/21 Days of Giving Relief Effort to help those affected by Hurricane Maria and those that have been displaced by the hurricane and are now living in York City and the surrounding areas. The York chapter of Puerto Rico Se Levanta 2018/21 Days of Giving Relief Effort included 21 days of giving through donations of items such as nonperishable food, clothes, shoes, non-liquid toiletries, bug repellent wipes, baby items, camping gear and pet supplies, and cash donations to help the victims of Hurricane Maria.

    Lou states that, “I believe in my heart that this has been a calling for me. I can say with sincerity that in the years I have been living in the City of York, where my husband and I purchased our home, I have been fighting and will continue the fight for ALL of York and its citizens. I know that mediocrity is unacceptable and I continually strive for excellence in all that I do. I have superior listening skills and understand the importance of qualifying our constituents needs and then fulfilling them.”

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