Wanda Williams secures Harrisburg Mayoral race

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Wanda Williams (D) has defeated incumbent Mayor Eric Papenfuse and Timothy Rowbottom (R) to become the Mayor of Harrisburg.

Williams finished Tuesday night with 4,402 votes (64.95%) while Rowbottom had 465 (6.86%). There were also 1911 write-in votes (28.19%). Between Williams and Rowbottom, Williams took 90.4% of the vote.

Williams says she is going to take some time to regroup and is looking forward to working with other leaders. 

“I can work very well with all the commissioners, all the secretaries in the Commonwealth, and I look forward to sitting down and getting started and bringing some good things to the City of Harrisburg,” Williams said.

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The Democratic primary for Harrisburg Mayor back in May was a narrow race, with Wanda Williams just beating out incumbent Eric Papenfuse by 46 votes. After a concession by Papenfuse, he decided to launch a write-in campaign in September. Timothy Rowbottom was the only Republican to run.

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