Eric Papenfuse, owner of the Midtown Scholar bookstore, was elected mayor of Harrisburg, PA. He becomes one of that rare breed of bookseller-mayors, whose ranks have included Neal Coonerty of Bookshop Santa Cruz, CA, and Richard Howorth of Square Books in Oxford, MS.
At a celebration at the store, Papenfuse said, "No one individual can do this job. It's going to require tremendous amounts of support. It's going to require support from those who voted for my opponents. It's going to require assembling a whole new staff of individuals to work for the City of Harrisburg. We have openings galore and we're going to need to work very hard to fill them with the best and the brightest."