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Judge to weigh challenges in Harrisburg mayoral race

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Nevin Mindlin Nevin Mindlin
Nate Curtis Nate Curtis

A judge is expected to decide later this week whether two independent candidates can stay in Harrisburg's race for mayor.

Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Bernard Coates Jr. on Monday heard arguments in a challenge targeting Nevin Mindlin, who ran four years ago as a Republican and lost to now-Mayor Linda Thompson.

A court challenge to his candidacy claims that Mindlin failed to properly fill out his nomination form by leaving blank a section under replacement candidates.

Mindlin argues that as an independent, he does not need to name replacement candidates on the form.

"It just didn't seem to be sensical under the circumstances," he said. "I had no political body behind me. I was an individual."

A decision is expected Tuesday.

Coates was also scheduled to hear arguments Monday in a challenge aimed at political newcomer Nate Curtis, but the hearing was continued until Wednesday.

A petition against his candidacy challenges his financial filings and residency.

Curtis maintains he's been living in Harrisburg since returning from military service.

"I was in Afghanistan prior to April. I had no domicile while I was in Afghanistan," he said. "Whether it's done purposely or not, I'm not sure, but I believe this is definitely veteran discrimination."

Curtis and Mindlin said they believe Democratic nominee Eric Papenfuse is behind the challenges. Papenfuse's campaign has denied any involvement.


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