Steve Chronister trails in York County commissioner race
Republican Steve Chronister walks through a condominium complex in York County on May 8, 2019, while campaigning for commissioner. (Ed Mahon/PA Post)
(York) — Republican voters rejected Steve Chronister’s bid for his old job as a York County commissioner.
Chronister received national attention last year after he called the police on five black women who he said were golfing too slowly at his family’s club. The women said he was discriminating against them.
The Republican Party of York County openly opposed Chronister’s campaignfor commissioner, saying he had too much baggage. So did Republican Chris Reilly, a longtime York County commissioner.
On Tuesday evening, with 157 out of 159 precincts reporting, Chronister was in fourth place in a five-way race on the Republican side. The Republican candidates are competing for two spots to move onto the fall.
- Julie Wheeler, a former state Senate candidate and former GE Healthcare general manager, was in first place with 15,629 votes.
- Ron Smith, the president of Dallastown Borough Council and the owner of a firearms accessory business, was in second place with 10,900.
- Reilly, the longtime county commissioner, was in third place with 10,415 votes.
- Chronister was in fourth place with 5,347 votes.
York County Commissioner Chris Reilly looks at early returns on Tuesday evening. (Ed Mahon/PA Post)
Blanda Nace was in fifth place with 1,935 votes. He dropped out of the race in May, saying he had accepted a job with York city government, but still appeared on the ballot.
Chronister told the York Daily Record he conceded to Wheeler.
On the Democratic side, commissioner Doug Hoke won his party’s nomination, along with challenger Judith Higgins. Voters will elect three commissioners in the fall.