Dan Miller declines GOP nomination in Harrisburg mayoral race

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Aug 5, 2013 2:08 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Harrisburg Controller Dan Miller -- a Democrat -- will not accept the Republican nomination for mayor of the capital city. Miller finished second to Eric Papenfuse in May's Democratic primary, but received 196 write-in votes on the Republican side of the ballot.

That was enough to win the GOP nomination. Miller says he's honored, but has decided not to accept it.

"For eight years I've done my civic duty, while still holding a full-time job," Miller explains. "It's a lot of work, it's been fulfilling and I want to thank everyone who supported me and believed in me."

Miller has no problem with the idea of running as a Republican. He notes it would not have changed his Democratic principles.  But, Miller does not believe he can overcome the fundraising challenges that a general election campaign would pose.

He was outspent by Papenfuse by an almost three-to-one margin in the Democratic primary.

Miller's announcement leaves three candidates for Harrisburg mayor on the November ballot: Papenfuse, independent Nevin Mindlin and independent Nate Curtis. A fourth, Lewis Butts, says he will wage a write-in-campaign. Butts only received 64 votes in the Democratic primary, after admitting to vandalizing some of Papenfuse's campaign signs.

Miller has five months left in the controller's office, where he says he will continue to fight for fiscal responsibility and transparency.  He is not endorsing a mayoral candidate at this time.  

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