Two independent candidates for Mayor, Nevin Mindlin and Nathaniel Curtis were struck from the ballot today after successful petition challenges.
A judge had them stricken because both had not completely filled out a portion of their petitions which listed who would name the candidate’s successor’s if the candidate chose to bow out. Curtis’s candidacy was also challenged on the grounds of insufficient residency. Curtis grew up in Harrisburg but only moved back to the city in April, far short of the one year requirement.
In a press release from the Mindlin Campaign, Nevin stated, “I will not go away,” and that he is considering appealing the ruling.
This leaves only Democratic Candidate Eric Papenfuse and newly minted Republican Candidate Dan Miller on the ballot for November.
“I look forward to a vigorous debate on these issues,” Papenfuse said in a similarly timed press release, “so that whoever is elected Mayor will be able to move quickly to help Harrisburg resolve its problems and improve the quality of life for all our City’s residents.”
Papenfuse won the May 21st primary election ahead of Dan Miller who came in second. Miller did receive enough write-in votes to be the Republican Candidate for Mayor. Miller rejected that nomination originally, but after hearing about the court challenges to candidates Mindlin and Curtis, he jumped back into the race on the Republican side.
Incumbent mayor Linda Thompson took third in the Democratic primary.