Updated at 10:00 a.m. to add information to the second paragraph about Mayor Linda Thompson's intent to run for reelection.
The 2012 election season may have just wrapped up, but many in the City of Harrisburg are already eyeing another big race in 2013. Mayor Linda Thompson will be up for re-election.
The mayor has not yet officially said if she will run again. But she told abc27 during the Harrisburg Holiday parade that she intends to run but has not had time to officially announce her candidacy.
While Thompson's intent might remain unclear, three people are strongly considering a run for the office.
Dan Miller is the only person who has officially declared he is running for mayor. Miller is a CPA and the current city controller.
“I'm the financial expert that can manage the city's financial crisis,” he said. “That, really I think, speaks to the needs of the city at this time.”
Miller said his campaign has been working since July on fundraising and other activities.
“We've got scores of volunteers. We've got committees working. We've got events scheduled,” Miller said.
Nevin Mindlin told us that he is going to run for mayor, but that a formal announcement is still a few days away.
“I don't think we have competent leadership now,” Mindlin said. “And that includes inadequate leadership out of city council and the other row offices.”
Mindlin is running as an Independent this time around, after running as a Republican in a competitive race against Thompson in 2009.
“I think this time will be a whole lot easier because I'm not starting in the same place,” Mindlin said.
Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski also said he is very seriously thinking about running for mayor and expects to decide by early January, which he said would give him plenty of time.
“This isn't a very big city,” he said. “It's about 50,000 people. There's not that much ground to cover.”
Koplinski thinks the mayor's job would be a continuation of what he's been doing on council.
“I feel as though I've been really fighting for the taxpayers over the last couple of years…against Governor Corbett, against the receiver law, against the bankruptcy ban,” Koplinski said.