York County, PA

York County Candidates
Democratic Candidates from throughout York County

York County Court of Common Pleas

Sandra Thompson, Esq.

York County Court of Common Pleas

As Judge, Sandra will render fair, firm, and insightful decisions to help make lives better one decision at a time.
Sandra graduated with a B.S. in Human Resource Management from York College of Pennsylvania in 1990 and a J.D from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1999. 
Sandra has diverse and extensive legal experience in areas addressed in the Court of Common Pleas. She has worked in the law for over 20 years: as an adult probation officer, a case manager for dependent and delinquent youth, a certified legal intern in the Office of Attorney General, as a Legal Services attorney providing legal assistance in civil matters such as custody, divorce, protection from abuse actions, landlord-tenant, wills, and housing.  She also served as a York County Public Defender and an Assistant District Attorney. Since 2003, she has operated her own law practice representing all of York County residents in business, civil, civil rights, criminal, housing, and family matters.    
For around 30 years, Sandra has been actively engaged in community service to York County and she believes the judgeship is another form of community service.  From tutoring and mentoring youth to volunteering with agencies like Girl and Boys Scouts of America, to serving initiatives like the York County Truancy Task Force and the York Opioid Collaborative, to serving on Boards like the York Bar Association to York NAACP, Sandra has created and participated in coalitions and initiatives to educate and empower the community, to reduce violence, to improve community and police relationships, and to make affordable education available.
As a single mother she raised two children and put them through college.  She now has two beautiful grandchildren. Sandra understands the value of education, self-motivation, mentorship, and hard work. As Judge, she will exemplify these values to youth and others.

Maribel Burgos

York County Recorder of Deeds

Those that know me know that I am constantly volunteering.  You would also know that I love to express my civic rights and march or protest on things I believe to be wrong or unjust.  For many years, I have worked in the Office of Social Justice at the Riverside Church in NYC.  With that work my civic duties was fulfilled.  Since moving back to York I have been volunteering either for fun at the Strand Capital Performing Center and also with they YMCA Y-Achievers, making a difference in our youth lives by going on college tours and helping in their activities.

In response to concerns over current events, my desire to respond to civic duties and become politically active is at an all time high.  On Saturday, January 21,2017, I participated in the Women’s March in Washington DC on Saturday, January 21.  After the march my soul was still not settled.  Well now, I am putting my mouth where my march is and am running for public office as the York County Register of Deeds.

The first thing I want to do is to make sure that accuracy and efficiency are first and foremost in that office. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from York College and by December 2017 I will graduate from Penn State with a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration.  Those learned skills combined with professional and volunteer experience, along with my call to serve the public make this year the perfect time for me to seek an elected office.


Glenn Wascovich

Mayor Hallam Borough

Born and raised in central Pennsylvania. Homeschooled until my senior year when I attended and graduated from Curwensville Area High School. Attended Millersville University where I studied Meteorology and Earth Science Edu. 

Since age 8, I developed a deep passion for helping others, beginning with studying meteorology in order to develop better lead times and education for the public in severe weather emergencies. This passion for volunteerism and social community outreach continued and expanded to political and environmental justice. Economical and community betterment for every person is a lifelong goal of mine. 

I believe that nothing worth fighting for is ever easy, and backing down is never an option, while understanding the need for respect and holding an open heart and mind with everything is paramount in our interactions with each other. Always assume the best, with conscious inclusion front of mind. 

When we remain engaged, search for solutions together, and work hard, we win. Everyone wins.

Mayor Shawn Mauck

Mayor West York Borough

Shawn has lived most of his life in York County and is a graduate of the West York Area School District.

He currently works as an Auditor specializing in school audits for The Pennsylvania State Auditor General’s Office.

Shawn has served on West York Borough Council and has served as President of Council in 2008 and 2016. He has recently been appointed Mayor of West York. He was appointed after the Borough received National and international attention for the former Mayor’s hate filled Facebook posts.

Shawn is a proud father the three boys 17, and two identical twin sons age 4.

Mayor Mauck has worked to build a new Veterans Memorial Garden and help youth complete community service projects. Recently, he was the recipient of an award from the City of York Human Relations Commission for his work to make West York Borough more inclusive and more open to it'd very diverse population. Furthermore, Mayor Mauck never voted for a tax increase and was the architect of West York Borough’s first modern day tax decrease.

Deborah Kalina

Southern York County School District Board

My name is Deborah Kalina and I want to serve Southern York County School District as School Board Director.

I fell in love with SYCSD the day my son, Sam started kindergarten at Friendship Elementary School more than a decade ago. My husband Bill, my mom and I went to the school to watch Sam step into his new school life. The first person he saw was Principal Beth Koontz, who was greeting all of her students with smiles, hugs, high-fives, and uplifting words. She won my heart then and inspired me to be involved in a school that more than lived up to its name. 

I joined the Parent Teach Organization, serving in various leadership roles including president. I am most proud of our PTO’s successful two-hour pledge to encourage parents to donate just two hours of time to a school activity during the year. Our campaign connected many parents unsure how to get involved with our school for the first time. 

I have come to know many of students, parents, teachers, and administrators over the years. And, I’ve seen firsthand what a first class school district we have. I am a product of and an advocate for public education, and I want to serve SYCSD in a greater capacity to ensure the continued success of our schools. A member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Board for the past several years, running for school board is a natural progression in my community service. 

Professionally, I've worked for nearly 30 years as a business writer, editor and communications specialist in the global jewelry industry. Studying journalism at New York University, I started my career as a local newspaper reporter covering education. You will find my byline under my maiden name, Deborah Yonick.

I want to bring a fresh perspective and skill set to the school board. Part of my background as a journalist is to research complex topics, ask important questions of key players, and find a fair and balanced assessment of an issue. I am eager to listen to the voters, and bring a strong, community-informed voice to the important decision making that impacts our children and schools, families and community. 

Squarely focused on what is best for Southern York County School District, my guiding principle remains a commitment to support effective child-centered public education that is adequately and equitably funded. 

I want to ensure that SYCSD keeps and attracts outstanding educators, like Beth Koontz, so that students like my son, Sam are excited to get off the school bus everyday to learn and achieve their personal best. I believe that our schools are our strength

Joyce Vandersloot

West York  Area School Board

Joyce previously served on the West York Area School Board  from 1987-1998.  She served as Board President for two years and as the West York representative to the York County School of Technology Joint Operating Commitee for all 11 years of her service.

The West York Area School District serves  West Manchester Township and West York Borough.   Joyce and husband, Alan,  have resided in West York Borough since 1978. They have served as Democratic Party committee persons for many years.

She is seeking election at the November 7 general election to return to the 
Board.  There are no West York Borough residents currently serving on the School Board.

Joyce is an employee of the County of York and a proud union member and officer with AFSCME Local 1485.  She previously served as a secretary to former State Representative and State Senator Mike Bortner before her employment with the County of York.

She just started her 31st year as a volunteer Religious Education catechist for second grade students at the St. Joseph Elementary School in East York.

Joyce and Alan were jointly honored as "Democrats of the Year"  by the Democratic Society of York in 2014.    They have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Henry "Hank" Maul

Springettsbury Township Board of Supervisors

I have been a resident of York County for 40 years and Springettsbury Township for 10 years.  I retired from Harley-Davidson in 2010 with 33 years of service.  During that time, I held a number of leadership positions with IAMAW Lodge 175 and with The York-Adams Central Labor Council.  I am currently the Recording Secretary with the IAMAW District 98 Retiree Action Group.  I'm also a Precinct Committee man from Springettsbury 3. 

Forty-five percent of party affiliated voters in Springettsbury Township are Democrats.  The five member Board of Supervisors are all Republican.  The Board needs a Democrat voice.

Alan  Vandersloot

West York Borough Council

Alan Vandersloot is running for re-election to serve a four year term on the West York Borough Council.     He was appointed to a vacancy in June, 2016.      He previously served on Borough Council from 1985-1988.    He chairs the Finance Commitee and serves on the Public Safety Commitee.

He has extensive community and union leadership experience.   He is a 44 year member of United Steelworkers Local 1852; a delegate  to the York Adams Central Labor Council; a Board member of the York Area Labor-Management Council; Board President of the White Rose Senior Center; and currently volunteers with the York Area Highway Traffic Safety Council; Wellspan Health Patient Partner; SpiriTrust Lutheran Touch A Life Program.

He is a 1969 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania - served for 9 years on the YCP Alumni Board and also was a graduate of the first class of Leadership York in 1979.   He was employed as the Labor Liaison /Campaign Manager for the United Way of York County for 28 years.

Alan and wife, Joyce, were honored jointly as "Democrats of the Year" in 2014 and both are Democratic Party committee persons in West York Borough.