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Republican Winkler to represent Western York County

Republican Robert Winkler will represent western York County on the County Council, having defeated Democrat Steve Love on Tuesday.

Final results show Winkler winning the District 3 race by a 2-to-1 margin, taking 17 of 18 precincts, with Love winning only York Precinct No. 1. Love conceded the race to his opponent before the final results came in.

Winkler, who ousted incumbent Joe Cox in June’s Republican primary, said Tuesday night he was looking forward to taking his seat in January.

“I’m going to work with the development board and the Chamber of Commerce to bring some better, higher-paying jobs – especially to western York County – but to all of York County,” Winkler said.

Love congratulated Winkler, saying he hoped he would represent “all the people” of the district. Love promised to stay involved in the community.

“Both races were well run,” Love said. “There was a lot of community engagement, which is a good thing.”

In an otherwise quiet election for the York County Council – candidates in the other six districts ran unopposed – District 3 offered the only race in which county voters had options.

District 3 is geographically the largest in the county, covering the city of York and much of the rural, western side of the county, including Bullock Creek, Hickory Grove, Sharon and Smyrna.

County council members serve two-year terms and are paid $16,300 a year.

Voting at Harold C. Johnson Elementary School, Rick Dickerson said he voted a straight Republican ticket, but he knew Winkler and believed he’d be the best man for the job.

“He’s got a good head on him,” Dickerson said, “and he’ll be with the people.”

Brenda Birle voted for Love at the Cotton Belt precinct in western York County, citing a need for more attention and services on the west side.

“I hope he can do something with this area, with us being so far away from the highway,” Birle said. “And we need better medical care... We have no service out here late at night.”