The candidates who will
Move Lancaster Forward
Faith Craig is a long-time resident of Lancaster City. She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and great grandmother. She is a graduate of J.P. McCaskey and has owned a small business in Lancaster City for over 25 Years. She currently serves on City Council, where she chairs the Community Planning Committee. She also serves on the Lancaster County Planning Commission, the Lancaster Recreation Center Board, and the CRIZ Board. Faith also volunteers her time with the Shreiner-Concord Cemetery Foundation and the Women of Color Brunch planning committee. She prioritizes retaining and creating new affordable housing for the most vulnerable in our community and improving community police relations.
Lochard Calixte was born in Port-Salut, Haiti, where he earned a degree in law. He left Haiti to continue his studies and lived for 11 years in Mexico City, where he earned a Master’s degree and taught International Law, Languages and became fluent in Spanish. Lochard and his family resettled in Lancaster in 2010, the only place they have lived in the United States. One major reason he’s running for public office is to give back to the city that welcomed him with hospitality and opportunity. He hopes not only to represent thousands of New Americans that call Lancaster City home, but also use his background in governance and law to help every resident of the city access government.
Ismail Smith-Wade-El is a Lancaster native who is proud to serve his hometown as a member of City Council. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he has spent his career serving the community. First in behavioral health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation, then as a grant writer and researcher for organizations such as the Spanish American Civic Association, the Community Action Partnership and the Coalition to Combat Poverty. He currently works with LancCoMyHome (the Lancaster County Homelessness Coalition) where he works to secure housing for Lancaster’s most vulnerable populations. He also serves on the boards of the United Way of Lancaster County, the Lancaster Public Library, Safehouse, and the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition.
Vincent Derek Smith is an advocate for Lancaster City as a community organizer, volunteer, and as a social welfare professional who is committed to maintaining accountability and efficiency in the Treasurer’s Office He is dedicated to fostering Lancaster City as a community that further promotes and advocates for inclusive policies that increase civic engagement, economic prosperity, and diversity through improved customer service and communication.
James Reichenbach is a proud graduate of McCaskey High School and lifelong resident of Lancaster City. He was raised by a dedicated single mother who exhibited the value of hard work over her three decades serving as a nurse. James learned this lesson well, working multiple jobs while also putting himself through school. He received a BS in Applied Behavioral Science from Penn State, and a Master’s in Psychology from Walden University. He works as the Chief Strategy and Implementation Officer with Union Community Care (formerly Lancaster Health Center.) He also teaches courses in Psychology and Human Services Delivery at Elizabethtown College.
Learn more about James at JamesReichenbach.com
Danene Sorace is Lancaster’s 43rd Mayor, a former member of City Council, a School District of Lancaster parent, and your neighbor. A champion for progressive policy, she is passionate about family and community life, social, racial, and economic justice, education and opportunity, and optimism about the future—especially the future of Lancaster City.
Mayor Sorace’s administration secured the largest commitment to affordable housing the City has seen in nearly 50 years, implemented a far-reaching language access program, and launched a nationally recognized community engagement program that has involved neighbors in every corner of the city, making City Hall more accessible than it has ever been.
Learn more about Danene at SoraceForMayor.com
School District of Lancaster School Director
Mara Creswell McGrann is the parent of two recent graduates of JP McCaskey High School and one current 10th grader. As a current board member, she has prioritized student voice, equity, and fair funding for the district. She has served as board Vice President and is the board representative to the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center. A graduate of Millersville University, Mara is a tireless advocate for equitable public education and is a past board member of many community non-profits, particularly those working in areas supporting Lancaster children and families. Mara is employed by her family’s Lancaster City small business.
Jennifer Van Buskirk Eaton is a lifelong Lancaster resident, graduating from McCaskey and Franklin & Marshall College. She lives in Lancaster Township with her partner Jeff and their two youngest kids, who attend E.R. Martin School. Her oldest son graduated McCaskey in 2014. Eaton brings professional experiences in government advocacy and cross-system collaboration around education and poverty and violence reduction. Jen volunteers in leadership capacities at her kids’ school and district-level parent organizations. Jen has a great passion for justice and equity and is also on the board of Meals on Wheels Lancaster, and the Executive Committee of the NAACP Lancaster Branch 2302.
Luis Morales is a School District of Lancaster graduate and parent. After living in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, he moved to Lancaster at the age of ten. He attended Harrisburg Area Community College and graduated from Millersville University with a degree in social work. He currently works as a Family and Community Engagement Liaison at Community Action Partnership and as a Family Resource Specialist at Justice Works. Luis teaches religious education at St. Anthony of Padua Church and has volunteered in early education and community health events. In his board service, he has been an advocate for students with disabilities and is passionate about equal opportunity, equitable funding, and community engagement.
Dr. David Parry is a product of public schools and has worked his entire career in education. He is currently a professor of digital media, preparing students to be engaged citizens in a digital world. In his last four years as a board member, he has advocated for equitable budgeting practices, chaired the Policy Committee, helped to negotiate strong union contracts, pushed for a five year strategic plan, and worked hard to have a safe and responsible return to in-person schooling. He looks forward to continuing to make quality public education available to all students in Lancaster.
Dr. Molly Henderson’s two children attended the School District of Lancaster, and she chaired the Wheatland Site Council. She has served in several Lancaster government positions including as a member of the Zoning Hearing Board, Director of Public Health in Lancaster City, and a Lancaster County Commissioner. In addition, she has been a member of many community boards, including the League of Women Voters, YWCA, New Choices, and Penn Laurel Girl Scouts. Molly holds a doctorate in Education from Temple University and has taught at the high school and college levels.