Now that the filing extension by the Governor has passed it's time to look at who has filed for local seats in Harrisburg.
The first surprise was Reading Councilman Steve Fuhs running against Mike O'Pake for the 11th District Senate seat. It was widely believed he would run against Tom Caltagirone for the state House. I hear he was upset over the rough treatment accorded Caltagirone's primary challenger and didn't want to have the Chair of the Judiciary Committee come after his job or source of income too. Therefore he is running against O'Pake hoping to increase his name recognition for a Mayoral run three years from now.
Fuhs' ambition for a legislative seat in Harrisburg is interesting. Still somewhat fresh on the local scene he rarely participates on his assigned committees with City Council. Considering how most of the work in Harrisburg is done in committees I doubt he'll have any effectiveness since he refuses to do his work.
Bill Mackey is running against Dave Argall in the 124th in a replay of their 2006 race. John Ritter and Rich Stine have both filed as Democrats in the open race for the 187th. Two Republicans are running to succeed Carl Mantz, Gary Day and Allen Cerullo.
Tim Seip is defending his 125th seat against Republicans Gary Hornberger, whom he defeated in 2006 and James McGovern. Dante Santoni Jr. (126th) is unopposed this year as is Thomas Caltagirone (127th) after forcing his primary challenger out of the race. Nothing like threatening those on your opponent's campaign committee to chill their challenge.
In the 128th John Woodward has changed his registration to run against incumbent Republican Sam Rohrer. Jim Cox is unopposed in the 129th and Dave Kessler has three Republicans challenging him in the 130th: Billy Reed, whom he beat two years ago, Aaron Durso and Richard Gokey. Doug Reichley is unopposed.