Harrisburg's mayor's race became more crowded with the official candidacies of Dan Miller and Nevin Mindlin, both of whom look to unseat incumbent Linda Thompson in the fall.
Miller, the city's controller and the founder of local accounting firm Miller Dixon Drake, has feuded with Thompson throughout her first term as mayor of the distressed city.
"We need a change in direction. We need a mayor who will stand up for people who live in the city," said Miller, a Democrat who has said the city would be better off by filing bankruptcy rather than going through receivership. Miller acknowledged his candidacy in September 2011.
Both Miller and Mindlin favor federal investigations of bond financing overruns that has left Pennsylvania's capital with $340 million in debt that it cannot pay.
"I think there's a very high level of criminality involved in that," said Mindlin, an independent who lost to Thompson in the 2009 general election. Other challengers are Democrats Eric Papenfuse, the owner of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, and city resident Lewis Butts.