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Lancaster votes in new mayor

Alston DeVenny
Alston DeVenny

Lancaster residents voted Alston DeVenny in as the new mayor in Tuesday's special election, following the April death of former Mayor John Howard.

DeVenny is a Lancaster attorney and serves on the executive committee of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.

Howard died April 3 at 67, months after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. DeVenny will be taking over Howard's term and will be up for election again in November.

"I think the first thing is to try to restore all the unity we possibly can," DeVenny said."… I campaigned on the theme, mayor for all people, or mayor for all."

He said he believes he can work with all of Lancaster to move the city in a new direction.

"We're the center of a huge economic park," DeVenny said. "… We've got a history, and we've got art; we've got a health care center; we've got the government center for the county. So we've got a lot of tools we need to use in attracting others to us. We need to re-envision ourselves as a part in the regional growth.

DeVinny said he'll be focusing on making sure the people of Lancaster have their immediate needs met once he is sworn in. The date has not been announced.

DeVenny won the election with 565 votes out of 1,032. He beat acting mayor Tamara Green Garris, city council member Sara Eddins, owner of The Craft Stand, Don Geraghty, and James Butch Flynn.

DeVenny said he plans to file for re-election in the November election.

"I really think the people of Lancaster were very engaged in this election," he said. "And I think they made their voice heard loud and clear."

Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068, @hgsmoot
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