YORK, PA – The Democratic Party of York County was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former York City Mayor Elizabeth Marshall earlier today after a long illness.
“Mayor Marshall was an incredibly special leader in the history of the City of York and York County as a whole,” commented Democratic Party of York County Chair Bob Kefauver.
“Not only did Mayor Marshall make history by becoming the first female mayor of York City, she worked continuously until her final days as an active advocate on many issues of vital importance.”
Mayor Elizabeth Marshall became the first female elected mayor in November 1977. She was sworn in to office in January 1978. Mayor Marshall remained an active Democrat within the county party until her passing. Marshall, in partnership with Mary Toomey (Mt. Wolf), is credited with reinvigorating the Democratic Party in York County through their leadership of Grassroots York which was founded in the early 2000’s. The group disbanded a few years later citing the renewed strength of the party in the county.
“Mayor Marshall will forever remain a lasting memory to the people of York County,” Kefauver commented. “Whether they realize it or not, the citizens of York County will be always watched over by Mayor Marshall each spring when the beautiful trees which line Market Street bloom. Mayor Marshall was instrumental in getting these trees planted, forever leaving her mark on this city.”