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Will new blood help Harrisburg?
Is it a surprise to anyone that Harrisburg City Council President Gloria Martin-Roberts did not file for re-election in the May 17 primaries?
I've said it before, I wouldn't wish that job on my worst enemy; not in this climate, anyhow: more than $280 million of debt, all eyes focused on every move, immense criticism of the process (or lack thereof), Act 47 control, and an audit of the incinerator mess just around the corner that will more than likely raise a few eyebrows. Among many other things.
Maybe we shouldn't be so surprised. Martin-Roberts has been a supporter of Mayor Linda Thompson, who recently has been asked by more than a few people including the editorial board of the Business Journal to step down because of her inability to lead.
Incumbents Brad Koplinski and Susan Wilson have reapplied for the job. And they're joined in the race by Republicans Allen Bair, Michael Bretz and Ruth Cruz and Democrats Camille Erice, Iva Isoke, Sandra Reid, Ellis R. "Rick" Roy and Patricia Stringer, according to Dauphin County Elections and Voter Registration.
Filing for the posts ended March 8.
Will there be a noticeable shift on the City Council? Will it make a difference? Any of these candidates striking to you?
Christopher Passante is the editor of the Central Penn Business Journal.