The 16 pictures below pretty much sum up the year in York County politics. They include former governors, adorable children, two memorial services and one cat.
1. Scott Perry became York County’s new congressman.
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, second from right, walks the hallways from his office with, from left: his mother Cecile Coble, 20-month-old daughter Mattea, wife Christy and 3-year-old daughter Ryenn on their way to him taking his oath of office in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2012. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS–JASON PLOTKIN
Jason Plotkin and I traveled to D.C. in January for the swearing-in activities. It was a fun and hectic day. And for the new congressman, chocolate milk and two young daughters caused some swearing-in complications.
2. Eugene DePasquale became the state auditor general.
From the left, Eugene DePasquale gives his daughter Sarah, age 9, a fist bump while his son Ben, age 13, looks on as his inauguration ceremony begins Tuesday Jan. 15, 2013 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
The former state lawmaker from West Manchester Township was one of three Democrats sworn in to a state row officer position in January. State Sen. Rob Teplitz joked that DePasquale is the first state auditor general who has mastered the P90X workout.
3. President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term in office.
And a local pastor was invited to sing in D.C.
J. L. Williams Memorial Church pastor Paul Zeigler, 64, has been invited to sing a solo at an inaugural prayer breakfast event in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The event’s organizer said she will not know whether president Barack Obama will attend until the day of the event. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN
4. Former Spring Grove mayor and state lawmaker Beverly Mackereth became secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Bev Mackereth, right, looks on as Gary Alexander steps down from his post and announces Mackereth as acting secretary for the state Department of Public Welfare at the Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center Friday, February 8, 2013. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN
And she moved into the position at an important time: As Gov. Tom Corbett was trying to figure out a way to take more Medicaid money from the federal government, without simply expanding the entitlement.
5. York County leaders tried to preserve farmland with less money.
Sally Barnes scoops up Peanut, one of eight cats she and her husband feed on their farm in York Township Thursday, February 21, 2013. In December 2012, Sally and Casey Barnes donated an easement to York County. Easements limit the type of development that can occur on a property. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN
In December, a Shrewsbury Township property became the second one to enter a new program where the owner or owners have agreed to keep the land preserved forever through a donation.
6. Betty Marshall, the first woman elected mayor of York, died in March at the age of 94.
A white rose pin that Betty Marshall always wore was displayed in front of her photo at the funeral for the first woman elected mayor of York. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
7. Former Gov. George M. Leader, the only governor ever from York County, died in May at the age of 95.
Former Pennsylvania governors and the current one react to stories about George M. Leader during a funeral service at Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey, Pa., on Thursday, May 16, 2013. They are: Dick Thornburgh, left rear, Tom Corbett, second from left, Ed Rendell, center rear, and Tom Ridge, right. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS–JASON PLOTKIN
8. As state lawmakers debated whether to privatize liquor and wine sales, Dallastown and Dillsburg voters grappled with a different issue: whether to stay dry or go wet.
Glasses, which are provided to customers who bring their own wine, hang from a rack as Joe Candela works pizza dough in his father’s Dallastown restaurant, Sal’s Little Italy Family Restaurant, on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Joe Candela said the last time he walked into a bar was five years ago, and he would never want Sal’s Little Italy to adopt a bar atmosphere. Dallastown and Dillsburg residents will be able to vote on liquor referendums in the May primary that would allow those boroughs to go from dry to wet. Salvatore Candela, who owns Sal’s Little Italy Family Restaurant in Dallastown, worked to collect signatures to get the question on the ballot. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN
9. York Mayor Kim Bracey won re-election and Kevin Schreiber got elected to the state House.
Democrats Kevin Schreiber and York Mayor Kim Bracey embrace as Schreiber’s wife, Jen, looks on, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN
There was some controversy after the May primary and special election. Multiple people said they directly heard some of Schreiber and Bracey’s supporters make anti-gay comments against Schreiber’s Republican opponent, Bryan Tate.
Schreiber said he wouldn’t have condoned any negative comments. Bracey didn’t respond to multiple phone calls and emails when we reported on the issue in May and June.
10. Parts of the federal government shut down.
Entering the Social Security office, Margaret Davis, age 75, of West York, said that she was trying to get a “working letter” from the Social Security office in Springettsbury Township Tuesday October 1, 2013 saying that she needs it for food and utility assistance. She was told she could not get it until the government shutdown was over. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — PAUL KUEHNEL
Perry, the area’s new congressman, was one of 80 Republican lawmakers who urged their leadership to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, through the appropriations process. The strategy didn’t work so well.
Perry said he thought Congress took more blame than it deserved for the shutdown.
11. Many challengers emerged for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.
Gov. Tom Corbett shares a moment with his wife, Susan, before he was introduced to a room of supporters at the York County Republican headquarters on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — JASON PLOTKIN
One of them is York County businessman Tom Wolf. So far, he and seven other Democrats are expected to compete in the May primary.
12. Todd Platts got elected judge.
Todd Platts, left, laughs with Carlyn Strack, who went to school with his mother. Platts was meeting voters at the Springettsbury #4 polling place Tuesday November 5, 2013. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — PAUL KUEHNEL
The former state lawmaker and U.S. congressman defeated Michael Flannelly, a sitting judge who was appointed to the bench.
13. Republican Pam Gay got elected county coroner.
Pam Gay, left, is all smiles as she acknowledges the crowd at Infinitos on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Gay was victorious over Kay Strausbaugh in the race for York County Coroner. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — JASON PLOTKIN
14. The state passed a major transportation spending plan.
Rabbittransit bus technician Justin Wilson reaches for an ignition coil in a bus he was working to repair on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Roosevelt Avenue facility. Rabbittransit has been underfunded by the state government for years, resulting in more than half the fleet being eligible for replacement this year. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN
15. Your county real estate taxes went up. But county commissioners didn’t raise them for next year.
Bonnie Porta, left, and Lori Rudisill feed a sheet into a massive ironing machine using a new laundry system at Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Tuesday, December 10, 2013. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — KATE PENN
16. The roll out of the new health care law had a bunch of problems.
Stephen Lambert, 60, was without health insurance for 2 years before he was able to get health and dental insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Once his health insurance was gone, he made it a mission to eat healthier and exercise more. He is seen here doing dips in his Philadelphia Street home on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — JASON PLOTKIN