Editor’s note: YES! We would like to see Eric Papenfuse win the November election. It’s time to restore someone with business acumen to the office of the mayor in Harrisburg. Eric is an excellent businessman and has been a leader in helping to revitalize Midtown Harrisburg. Eric’s bookstore, Midtown Scholar, is one of the anchors of the new Midtown.
When major financial news organizations send reporters to a city the size of Harrisburg to cover the election for mayor, it usually means things haven’t been going well.
That was evidenced Tuesday night, as a Reuters news dispatch described Mayor Linda Thompson‘s defeat in the Democratic primary. The story began, “The embattled mayor of Pennsylvania’s financially crippled capital of Harrisburg was ousted on Tuesday…”
Embattled. Financially crippled. Harrisburg.
No matter who wins in November, the city’s next mayor must repair Harrisburg’s badly damaged brand, and that could be one of the most formidable aspects of the job.