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Vice President Ben Allatt received’t search one other time period on Harrisburg Metropolis Council – PennLive

At least one of the four Harrisburg City Council seats on the upcoming May 2021 primary ballot won’t have an incumbent trying to retain their seat.

Council Vice President Ben Allatt announced Tuesday that he’s not running for re-election.

“This is not a decision that I make lightly because of my genuine love for this City and all of its residents,” Allatt said. “After committing significant time to the City while maintaining my full-time professional career, I am looking forward to taking a step back to focus on my personal life.

He said he would continue to serve on Gov. Tom Wolf’s Commission for LGBTQ Affairs and is open to “opportunities to continue to serve the public in the future.”

President Wanda Williams told The Burg that she would not be running again as well. Councilwomen Shamaine Daniels and Ausha Green are up for re-election but have not yet announced their election intentions.

Allatt, who served as the Council’s Budget and Finance Chair, served two, four-year terms. He has served as Vice President of Council since January of 2018.

“I would like to thank the residents of the City for the honor of serving you over the past seven years, and I look forward to my final year on City Council,” Allatt said. “I am grateful that you entrusted me to guide the City toward a brighter future.”

David Schankweiler, former Central Penn Business Journal publisher and former chair of the state-appointed Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, said he plans to run against Mayor Eric Papenfuse for the Democratic nomination.

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