Papenfuse tops Thompson in Harrisburg mayor's race

Written by Craig Layne and The Associated Press | May 22, 2013 4:30 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Democratic voters in Harrisburg's primary have chosen business owner Eric Papenfuse over incumbent Mayor Linda Thompson.

"I want to thank the people of Harrisburg, who have placed their trust in me to lead this city into a new era of pride and prosperity," Papenfuse said in a victory speech Tuesday night.

A video of his comments is posted on

The owner of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore beat city Controller Dan Miller by nearly 400 votes.

Papenfuse garnered nearly 2,500 ballots in unofficial results, and bested Thompson by more than 660 votes.

He's now turning his attention to the general election.

"Without your support, we never would have convinced our neighbors to join us to create a new city," Papenfuse told a cheering crowd. "Without your support, we won't be able to take the next steps to ensure this victory was not in vain."

Papenfuse will likely face competition in November from Nevin Mindlin, who is running as an independent.

Mindlin lost to Thompson when he ran as a Republican in 2009.

A fourth candidate in the primary, Lewis Butts, got just 64 votes.

He has been charged with defacing some of Papenfuse's campaign signs.

The state capital is the only Pennsylvania municipality under a state takeover — the result of a multi-million-dollar debt on its municipal trash incinerator that pushed the city to the edge of bankruptcy.

Harrisburg officials hope to negotiate a bailout that includes the sale of the incinerator.

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