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County Councilman Winstead to seek second term

York County Councilman Eric Winstead of York announced Tuesday that he will seek a second term representing the council's District 3 seat.

"Our county needs a continuation of steady and responsible leadership," Winstead said in a prepared statement. "I truly believe we have accomplished some great things in County Council over the past year and I believe I can offer the citizens of District 3 the experience, knowledge and hard work they deserve."

Winstead made headlines last year when he was arrested for a first offense DUI and having an open container. A York County sheriff's deputy pulled Winstead over after noticing his car was swerving and had crossed the center line several time, according to a report. His blood alcohol level was a .11, .03 over the legal limit.

He later apologized publicly for any pain or embarassment he had caused his family, his district, the council and God.

After the incident, some York County Republicans and Democrats said they thought Winstead should step down from his post. However, others said his otherwise clean record means he would bounce back from the offense and not make the same mistake twice.

Winstead said in his statement he would be announcing a series of five town hall meetings to discuss issues facing the county. He also said there would be a campaign kickoff event "in the near future."

"I believe I have proven to the residents of District 3 that I have the vision and knowledge to get the most cost-effective results for the county - like keeping taxes low while delivering the maximum quality of service for the citizens," he said.