March 29, 2014

In York, Love challenges Cox for council seat

A Democratic challenger from York has added joined the race for county council District 3.

A Democratic challenger from York has added joined the race for county council District 3.

Steve Love, 56, of York filed with the state Election Commission on Friday afternoon – the second candidate to challenge incumbent Joe Cox of Sharon to represent the rural western region.

Republican and financial adviser Robert Winkler, also from York, filed last Monday.

Love, a resource coordinator with Resolute Forest Products in Catawba, will retire at the end of the month, giving him ample time to focus on his campaign and work on large county issues such as fostering economic development in rural areas.

“I’m no stranger to politics,” said Love. The married father of three children said he’s worked with several council members and county staff in the past to promote equality initiatives scuh as hiring more minority contractors.

He also pushed for county recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. day. York County was one of the remaining counties in the state to formally observe the federal holiday.

Love also ran for York City Mayor and York city council seats in the 1990s and early 2000s.

“It’s been a while since I put my name back in the hat in the political arena,” Love said, adding that the time was right and that he’s not entirely satisfied with how issues have taken shape on council.

“We got a lot of issues that I don’t think are on the table that should be on the table,” Love said, pointing to a lack of infrastructure in western York County that’s needed to draw large-scale businesses to the rural region.

He also said he’s interested in bringing more prominence to issues such as public safety concerns in the district along with readdressing slow ambulance response times.

Cox was outspoken about creating stronger standards for ambulance response times in the county’s rural areas, but efforts to change the system was stymied by political debate and disagreement last winter.

“My running should show that I don’t agree with everything he’s done,” Love said of Cox. “ I think I would bring a different perspective.”

Like Cox, Love also expressed a sentiment for keeping rural characteristics of the district in place. “It’s a choice we made to be in the country,” he said.

Love was born in McConnells, but has resided in York since the 1980s.

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