LANCASTER CITY, Pa. (WHTM) — The Lancaster City Council announced last night on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, that they are accepting applicants to fill a vacant seat on the council.

This comes as the now former Lancaster City Council President, Ismail Smith-Wade-El, resigned effective immediately at the end of last nights city council meeting.

It should be noted that according to Ballotpedia, Smith-Wade-El (D) is running for a Pennsylvania State House seat and is on the ballot today in hopes of representing District 49.

Following Smith-Wade-El’s resignation, council member Faith Craig motioned for now former Vice President, Amanda Bakay, to become the new Lancaster City Council President – this motion was approved unanimously.

President Bakay’s first order of business was naming council member Faith Craig as the new Vice President of the council – this action did not require a vote.

The Lancaster City Council now has 30 days from Nov. 7 to find a replacement to fill the now vacant seat, which will be decided through an interview process and then voted upon by the council itself.

Requirements to apply for the vacant seat:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must have continuously resided in Lancaster City for at least one year prior to the appointment
  • Applicants cannot be city employees
  • Applicants cannot be current county, state, or federal officeholders

For more information regarding the appointment process for a vacancy, you can visit the City of Lancaster website.

Any resident interested in applying for the vacant seat must submit their resume, along with a letter of interest to the Lancaster City Clerk, Bernard Harris at by 5pm on Nov. 11, 2022.