Entrepreneur, former publisher kicks off 2021 Harrisburg mayor’s race with website, survey

The founder and former publisher of Central Penn Business Journal gave what businessmen often like to call a “soft opening” to a potential run for mayor of Harrisburg next year.

Dave Schankweiler’s likely campaign kicked off with a Tuesday morning text pinging cell phones around the region with a link to his candidate Web site at https://daveforhbg.org. On it, he states “I’m planning to announce a run for mayor of Harrisburg” in early 2021.

Schankweiler, who has lived in the Harrisburg region since his childhood and lived in the city since 2017, would be seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the city’s top elected office. County voter registration records show that he changed his registration from Republican to Democrat in December 2019.

A candidacy would put Schankweiler on a direct collision course with two-term incumbent Eric Papenfuse. Papenfuse, responding to Schankweiler’s launch, told PennLive by text Tuesday that he will

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