On Tuesday, Harrisburg City Controller Dan Miller made it official, formally announcing his candidacy for city mayor. He will face incumbent Mayor Linda Thompson in the primary election.
Dan Miller has been running for mayor for some time now. He has $85,000 in his campaign chest. He's received 313 contributions since July and he's knocked on more than 4,000 doors.
Dan Miller made official today what he's been talking about for months. A small group of supporters gathered in a new barber parlor downtown on North Street...an example that there's still life in the Capital City. He talked about crime, sinkholes and burned out street lights. But he says those issues can't be resolved until the city's financial crisis is addressed.
"10 years ago I may not have been the right guy. 10 years from now I might not be the right guy. But today I'm the right guy. I'm the guy who's really going to change Harrisburg, resolve the financial issues and have the city move forward." Miller said.
Miller is a CPA, has an MBA in finance and cited 35 years of experience helping hundreds of people and businesses. Miller and Mayor Linda Thompson have skirmished since early in her term. He so upset her that a former press secretary said the mayor regularly referred to Miller as 'that homosexual, evil little man.' "It has nothing to do with any personal animosity that I have with the current mayor. As a matter of fact I haven't spoken to the mayor very much in the past three years and haven't seen her for six months or so."
Miller said his campaign pulled a coup when his committee out organized City Councilman Brad Koplinski, discouraging him from running as mayor. Now miller suspects he will receive most of the anti-Thompson vote.
He said ,if elected, he would work with all the people. He will listen to all sides of an argument and give the job every ounce of his energy and ability.