Kim Bracey

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Kim Bracey
24th Mayor of York, Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 4, 2010
Preceded by John S. Brenner
Personal details
Born York, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Vernon
Children Two
Residence York, Pennsylvania
Profession Politician
Religion Baptist

C. Kim Bracey is an American politician. She has served as the 24th Mayor of York, Pennsylvania, since January 4, 2010. She is the first African American mayor of the city and the second woman to hold the office.[1] Betty Marshall, who was elected in 1977, served as the first female mayor of York from 1978 to 1982.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Bracey was born in York, Pennsylvania.[3] She graduated from William Penn Senior High School.[3] She attended Bloomsburg University before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1984.[3] Bracey was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1994, reaching the rank of E-6 sergeant.[1][3] She moved back to York in 1994 after leaving the Air Force and took a position with the Crispus Attucks Association.[3]

Bracey is married to her husband, Vernon (who petitioned for divorce in 2011 [4]); they have two children, Brandon and Arianna.[5] She is a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in York.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 2003, York Mayor John Brenner appointed Bracey as the Director of the Department of Community Development. She served in the office from June 2003 until January 2009.[5]

Mayor John S. Brenner announced on July 2, 2008, that he would not seek re-election in 2009, more than a year before the mayoral election.[6] Brenner cited the impending birth of his second child as a major factor in his decision to retire from the mayor's office.[6] He endorsed Bracey, who had served as his Director of the Department of Community Development, in the 2009 election.[7] Bracey resigned as director of community development, in January 2009 which is the city's economic development agency, to pursue her campaign for mayor.[1]

Bracey defeated three other Democratic candidates in the primary election on May 19, 2009.[7] Bracey won the general election on November 3, 2010, beating her Republican opponent, Wendell Banks.[8] Bracey received 2,582, or 81% of the total vote, while Banks placed a distant second with 602 votes, or 19%.[9]

Bracey was sworn in as York's 24th mayor on January 4, 2010.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Barnes, Tom (2009-11-05). "Harrisburg, York make history, Both cities elect black women as mayors for the first time". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  2. ^ Argento, Mike (2013-04-01). "Betty Marshall, York's first elected female mayor, has died". York Daily Record. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Barnes, Tom (2010-12-01). "WBCO to host York Mayor Kim Bracey on Feb. 1". York College of Pennsylvania Office of Communications. Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
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  5. ^ a b c "City of York Mayor C. Kim Bracey". City of York, Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  6. ^ a b "York mayor will not seek another term". Associated Press. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  7. ^ a b "Kim Bracey Beats Out Other Democratic Candidates for York Mayor". WPMT-TV. 2010-05-20. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  8. ^ "Kim Bracey Beats Out Other Democratic Candidates for York Mayor". Associated Press. WPMT-TV. 2010-11-03. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  9. ^ "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results 2009". Associated Press. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  10. ^ "Kim Bracey sworn in as mayor of York". Associated Press. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John S. Brenner
Mayor of York, Pennsylvania
2010 – Present