York Mayor C. Kim Bracey announced on Monday she will run for another term.
Bracey made her announcement at a fundraiser among friends, supporters and family members, she said. She will be up for re-election next year.
"I have been honored to serve as mayor of our great city," she said in prepared remarks, "and I would like your support to continue what we began together three years ago."
Bracey listed previous initiatives, including streetscaping, infrastructure and clean streets, and spoke of community policing. Those programs are working, she said.
"Evident over these past three years has been remarkable progress and positivity in our city," she said in her remarks. "True to our laser-focused vision, we have presided over and helped bring about tremendous redevelopment."
Bob Kefauver, chair of York County's Democratic Party, said Bracey's announcement at Democratic headquarters was spur of the moment.
"The whole thing just kind of happened very late this afternoon," Kefauver said.
Bracey, a Democrat, won her first four-year term overwhelmingly in the 2009 election and was sworn in during a ceremony in January 2010.
Kefauver said he was delighted by the announcement and by the mayor's decision.
"She quickly has become one of the most highly respected municipal officials in the commonwealth," he said. "She's fast developing a reputation as a hard worker and successful mayor."
2013 proposed budget
Mayor Kim Bracey will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday at city hall to unveil her proposed 2013 city budget.
Bracey has said she does not foresee a tax increase for 2013. In 2012, taxes were raised by 17 percent, after an initial proposal by Bracey that included an 11 percent tax increase. Weeks of debate ensued, and a final budget was approved on Dec. 31.
City officials will have until the end of the year to come to an agreement.Also of interest