The candidates in the race to be Harrisburg’s next mayor made their final pitches to voters Monday ahead of Tuesday’s election.
In a morning press conference, Dan Miller (R) drew attention once again to Democrat Eric Papenfuse’s fund raising.
“Harrisburg doesn’t need another rubber stamp mayor to approve the receiver’s recovery plan, or give millionaire developers everything they want,” said Miller.
Papenfuse has dominated the race in terms of fund raising, with Miller pointing out Monday he’d raised about one-tenth the money Papenfuse did this year.
Miller said he believes that money, some of which comes from developers working in the city, will taint Papenfuse in the event he’s elected mayor.
“More importantly, it reflects the willingness of Eric Papenfuse to cave into the wishes of the rich and powerful at the expense of the ordinary Harrisburg residents,” Miller.
Papenfuse countered Miller, saying he can remain an independent voice. He said he wants to sit down with Attorney General Kathleen Kane on day one to discuss the criminal investigation into Harrisburg’s finances and go through additional documents that may not yet have been thoroughly vetted.
“I’m a long-standing advocate for accountability in this city. And, I think Dan Miller’s attacks are last-minute. They’re personal. They’re desperate. And, they’re a sign he doesn’t have a positive message for the voters of Harrisburg,” said Papenfuse.
Papenfuse re-iterated his support of the receiver’s financial recovery plan. “It’s simply not true the Harrisburg Strong Plan absolves anyone of criminal activity,” he said.
Papenfuse won the Democratic primary in May, beating Miller, current Mayor Linda Thompson and Lewis Butts.
Miller received the most write-in votes on the Republican side. He said Monday he does not have the county Republican Party’s support.