Carol Hill-Evans
Carol Hill-Evans (FILE)
York City Council President Carol Hill-Evans said Monday that she plans to run for mayor, challenging incumbent Mayor Kim Bracey.

In addition, Councilwoman Renee Nelson said she would seek re-election to her seat.

Hill-Evans' announcement means three Democrats so far are running for mayor this year. Businessman Joe Beltrante also will run.

"I can see things from the city council standpoint," Hill-Evans said, "and I'd like to see if I can implement some ideas from the administration standpoint."

More details about the campaign will be released in the coming weeks, Hill-Evans said.

"We're getting everyone in place," she said.

Hill-Evans has already garnered the support of at least one fellow council member.

"She understands that customer service is everything, especially in government," said Councilman Michael Helfrich. "I think she'll make a great mayor."

Bracey previously announced a re-election campaign.

"I believe as a city we need someone who is going to fight for the citizens," she said on Monday. "There's been no stronger fighter, no stronger advocate for this city than I have been."

On the council side, Nelson, a Democrat, said Monday she will seek another four-year term.

Nelson is running "after long and hard thoughts and consulting with my family," she said in an email. "I have also heard from several taxpayers who have been pleased with my efforts."

Three council seats are up in 2013.

In addition to Nelson, incumbent Democrats Henry Nixon and David Satterlee have said they will seek re-election. York pastor Aaron Anderson, a Democrat, is a candidate, and Libertarian Manuel Gomez has said he will run.

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