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Judge's order removes candidates from Harrisburg mayoral ballot

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Aug 16, 2013 4:01 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A Dauphin County judge has removed the names of two independent candidates from Harrisburg's mayoral ballot.

The decision leaves a two-way race for mayor in the city between businessman Eric Papenfuse and city controller Dan Miller.

Nevin Mindlin was thrown off the ballot because he failed to identify a 'committee to fill vacancies' on his nominating papers. But, he argues he's an independent candidate.

"If I were not to be able to complete the campaign -- nobody that signed my papers was looking for a replacement," Mindlin explains. "They never expected or want a replacement."

Mindlin is considering an appeal and vows to stay in the race.

Independent candidate Nate Curtis is also disappointed with the ruling, but says he's not discouraged.

"I'm certainly going to speak out on the issues," Curtis says. "I'm going to be very involved, whether it's with this race or future races or with different issues surrounding the community. I'm going to be here."

The judge struck Curtis's name from the ballot because he did not live in the city for a year before the election. He says he moved into Harrisburg as soon as he returned from serving in Afghanistan.

Eric Papenfuse released a statement shortly after Thursday's ruling in which he welcomed the decision and said he respects the rule of law.  He went on to say it is time to focus on the issues of crime, blight, education and economic development.  

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