Dan Miller Formally Announces Mayoral Campaign

By Central Voice – Central your life.

This morning (March 12, 2012) Dan Miller formally announced his bid for mayor of Harrisburg.

Dan Miller, current Harrisburg City Controller, formally announced his candidacy for mayor.

Dan Miller, current Harrisburg City Controller, formally announced his candidacy for mayor.

Openly-gay Miller, a former City Council member and currently City Controller, faces a slate of other Democratic candidates in a city with an overwhelming Democratic voter registration edge over Republican and Independent voters.

Miller said he is “the right guy” for the city’s current financial mess, citing his finance background. He also noted that with past media reports of “animosity” between him and current Mayor Linda Thompson, he said that he had not talked to Thompson often over the last three years and not for about the last six months.

Miller cited the city’s dilapidated condition – pot holes, sink holes, clogged drainage ducts, and massive debt – as the reality of a city that “I believe has great potential”.

Traditionally, whoever wins the Primary Election, this year May 21, usually carries the vote in the General Election, barring a successful write-in campaign by an opposing party challenger or, as is shaping up this round, a challenge from declared Independent candidate Nevin Mindlin.

Mindlin is the Republican candidate who last election cycle came within 842 votes of beating then-City Council member and current Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson.

Nevin Mindlin formally launched his campaign for Harrisburg Mayor March 9 as an Independent candidate. Mindlin ran against incumbent Mayor Linda Thompson last round and lost by 842 votes.

Nevin Mindlin formally launched his campaign for Harrisburg Mayor March 9 as an Independent candidate. Mindlin ran against incumbent Mayor Linda Thompson last round and lost by 842 votes.

Mindlin announced his campaign as an Independent March 9. His campaign makes it possible that whoever wins the Democratic Primary May 21 will face a challenger in the General Election.

All declared candidates as of today, the final day to file documents except for non-Republican and non-Democratic candidates, are Democratic candidates Eric Papenfuse, owner of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, incumbent mayor Linda Thomspon, Miller, city resident Lewis Butts Jr. Harrisburg City Council member Brad Koplinski, long thought to be interested in the mayor’s office, has switched gears and announced he is running for Lieutenant Governor.

Mindlin’s March 9 announcement makes him the fifth declared candidate. Unlike regular party candidates, Mindlin has until August to file all required documents, although his campaign material indicates he expects to have all documents filed by the end of April.

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