Carol Hill-Evans was trying to run a city council meeting.
Joe Beltrante was looking to make an impassioned point about a city resident.
And with that brief but heated exchange this week, the mayoral race in York was off and running.
So far, three candidates have announced that they’ll seek the Democratic nomination for mayor this year– incumbent Kim Bracey, businessman Beltrante and council president Hill-Evans. Those announcements have trickled out over the past weeks and months.
There’s a long way to go, of course.
But a crowd gathered for Tuesday night’s York City Council meeting perhaps got an early taste of things to come, when Beltrante moved to the podium to speak.
Beltrante — who’s running because he’s “had enough” of the political status quo — began talking about a woman who said she fell on a badly cracked sidewalk in the city. That woman brought her concerns to council last fall, and nothing has been done, Beltrante said.
That’s just the kind of political neglect he’s running against, Beltrante said.
From there, the businessman launched into what amounted to a campaign speech, looking to further outline the reasons for his mayoral run, and why folks should take notice.
Hill-Evans wasn’t having it.
The council president — who recently made her own mayoral campaign announcement — told Beltrante a council meeting is not the place for such a stump speech, and with raised voices the two sparred briefly to get their separate points across.
Beltrante moved back to his seat, but to a round of cheers from about 20 people who apparently had come in support.
Hill-Evans said in a recent story that she plans to release more of her platform in coming days. Mayor Bracey just related during an interview her thoughts on progress and her vision for the future.
And all five city council incumbents and hopefuls — Aaron Anderson, Manuel Gomez, Renee Nelson, Henry Nixon and David Satterlee — were on hand at that council session to watch, and to meet and greet the public.
Yes, the calendar and the thermometer say it’s still winter — but it sure feels like election season in the city.