Bryant Glick, a lifelong resident of New Holland Borough and the county’s “Young Republican of the Year,” is announcing today his candidacy for mayor of the borough in next year’s election.
At just 27 years old, Glick may be relatively new to the Lancaster County political scene, but he doesn’t want to waste any time.
“Everyone who I’ve talked to has said we need younger people involved,” Glick said, emphasizing that those with more experience have offered to help along the way.
If elected, he would be one of the youngest people to win a local mayoral office since a 22-year-old Brad Fischer became mayor of Millersville Borough in 1977.
The borough’s four-term mayor Wilbur Horning, 72, will retire at the end of 2017, his 16th year on the job. He’s not supporting anyone at this time — because he said there may be other candidates forthcoming — but he called Bryant a “a good man” who is “running for the right reasons.”
A 2007 Garden Spot High School graduate, Glick said he was adopted from Peru as a baby and then spent his whole life in the borough.
Glick said he’s not trying to reinvent the wheel, but he hopes to “bring New Holland into the 21st century” and give back to the community he grew up in.
New Holland Borough has a population of about 5,400 according to 2014 census records.
Glick, who works as the general manager at Lancaster Parts & Equipment Inc., started making connections as a committeeman within the Republican Committee of Lancaster County a few years ago.
In the last year, he said he volunteered his time to Republican Lloyd Smucker’s successful bid for the 16th Congressional District and state Rep. David Zimmerman’s reelection in the in the 99th Legislative District.
He was awarded “Young Republican of the Year” in October.
Originally planning to run for New Holland Borough Council, he decided to seek the mayor’s spot once he found out Horning would retire.
He hopes to build on a good relationship between the community and its police department. He also wants to improve the borough’s digital side by reworking the website and business directory, and maybe starting digital newsletters or email blasts to residents.
Glick lives on Sycamore Lane with his wife Ashley, 2-year-old daughter Adelaide and 10-month-old son Emerson.