Harrisburg Mayor Thompson faces primary challengers

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 13, 2013 6:34 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Mayor Linda Thompson is facing three challengers in this spring's Democratic primary as she seeks a second term. 

Thompson won office in 2009 when she defeated Mayor Stephen Reed, who had held the post for 28 years.

Now, in the May 21 primary election, she'll face challenges from City Controller Dan Miller, bookstore owner Eric Papenfuse and Lewis Butts, former assistant librarian for the State Geological Survey.

Miller and Papenfuse both tout their business acumen.

Butts touts his ability to talk with people in the black community; he's also the nephew of City Councilman Kelly Summerford.

The election comes as Pennsylvania's debt-ridden capital city faces significant financial woes.

In January, a federal judge threw out a second lawsuit challenging a state takeover of the city.

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