YORK – With all the county-level candidates running unopposed, the winners were pretty clear cut from the moment the ballots were printed.
However, one interesting aspect of this week’s General Election pertaining to York County officials is that far fewer people cast votes for the public defender than for other elected county officials.
That would mean that a high percentage of county voters chose to not vote at all when it came to that position.
York County Public Defender Nancy Waldron was the lone person running for her position. And no one filed an affidavit as an official write-in candidate to run against her.
Still, only 2,533 people voted for her compared to, as examples, the 4,248 votes cast for county clerk, or 4,292 cast for county treasurer, or 4,130 cast for county assessor, or 4,497 cast for sheriff.
In August, Waldron was charged with felony theft in Fillmore County and two weeks ago her license to practice law was suspended. Because her license was suspended, she is currently unable to fulfill the duties of the county’s public defender, so the county commissioners created the position of deputy public defender and an attorney was appointed to fill that new position.
Meanwhile, Waldron officially remains the public defender because her license was not revoked, she has not relinquished her position and she has not been recalled.
Her current term runs through the end of this calendar year.
Because she did receive 2,533 votes – even though far less than other county officials – she will continue to be the public defender in January unless her status changes (through revocation, relinquishment or recall). The future of that office remains to be seen.
Because she is still an elected official, she continues to draw her salary and benefits as if she was doing the duties of the office, according to the York County Commissioners.