Steve Chronister, president of the York County Board of Commissioners, announced Tuesday afternoon that he will not run for state Senate to replace Mike Waugh.
Chronister said he made the decision Tuesday morning, when he was at a viewing for someone who used to work for Chronister at Honey Run Golf Course.
A relative of the person asked Chronister if he was going to run for the state Senate seat.
“I told him I’m just kind of on the border,” Chronister said. “I just wasn’t sure.”
Kern told him to stay where he was because it gave him the best opportunity to serve the community, Chronister said.
“Coming from him, it kind of meant a lot,” Chronister said.
You can read Chronister’s announcement, after the jump:
“After much deliberation, I’ve decided against a run for Pennsylvania’s 28th Senate seat. Ultimately, I believe that I can be more effective continuing my service as a York County Commissioner.
I reached my decision Tuesday morning after speaking with a friend I’ve known for many years, and who himself served in local government. He encouraged me to remain in my current role, saying it offers me the most effective opportunity to serve the community. His advice and support, coupled with input from family, friends and constituents, led to my decision not to seek the seat.
I’m proud of our accomplishments in York County government over the course of my tenure and remain committed to working with my colleagues to keep moving York County forward. Despite strong economic headwinds, York County remains on strong financial footing and continues to provide excellent services to the community.
Although I’ve decided not to run for the Senate seat, I will continue to leverage my position as Commissioner to push for much-needed state-level changes, including the elimination of property tax and education reform.
The failure of the General Assembly and governor to push through an elimination of property tax remains deeply disheartening. We cannot continue to tax the roofs over people’s heads, preventing anyone from truly owning property.
We also must improve our educational system by doing more to support our community’s children, particularly those in disadvantaged districts. Ultimately, improved education will lead to reduced crime rates and criminal justice costs.
Simply put: Failure is not an option when it comes to our community’s kids.