- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2016

Councilman Shawn Mauck will become the new mayor of West York, Pennsylvania, on Friday after his colleagues voted unanimously this week in favor of replacing his predecessor for sharing racist Facebook posts.

The borough’s now-former mayor, Charles Wasko, landed in the hot seat earlier this year for posting content that included a picture comparing President Obama and his family to orangutans.

“I’m not going to deny I did that, and, in fact, I’m proud of that,” Mr. Wasko told CNN after he first came under fire. “I’m an anti-Obama and I’m an anti-Hillary fan. And I’m proud of that.”

More than 2,000 people signed an online petition asking for Mr. Wasko to be removed from office before he formally offered to step down this week. The West York Council unanimously accepted his resignation at a meeting Monday and appointed Mr. Mauck, the council’s president, to serve the remainder of his predecessor’s term.

Effective Friday, Mr. Mauck will become the new mayor of West York — a borough of barely 4,500 people around 100 miles west of Philadelphia. Barring any unforeseen social media scandals or other issues of his own, he’ll hold the position until Mr. Wasko’s term expires in December 2017.

“The good news is we get to move on, and we’re going to deal with the topic at hand and continue to heal our community and build a better West York,” Mr. Mauck told the York Daily Record following Monday’s council meeting.

“We’re going to move forward together to do everything we can to help the community heal,” he said, Reuters reported.

Mr. Wasko has previously defended sharing racist memes on his personal Facebook page, even after acknowledging some people might take offense.

In addition to posting an image comparing the Obamas to a group of orangutans, the former mayor posted another image that alluded to lynching the president.

“The racist stuff, yeah I’ll admit I did that, and I don’t care what people label me as,” Mr. Wasko told WHTM recently.

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