Rep. Fred Keller won a seat in Congress. Voters will pick his replacement on Aug. 20

    A screenshot from Republican 12th Congressional District Fred Keller's new campaign ad.

    OK, voters of the 85th House District, get ready for another election.

    On Tuesday, state House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, announced he’s set an Aug. 20 special election date for the seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Fred Keller, who won last week’s special election for the 12th Congressional District.

    Keller beat Democrat Marc Friedenberg, of Centre County, for a seat that’s been vacant since January, when five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Marino announced he was stepping down due to illness.

    As ever, candidates for the office will be picked by local Republican and Democratic party chieftains. Turzai’s office said Tuesday that Keller’s legislative office, in Mifflinburg, Pa., is open for business. Constituents who need help can call (570) 966-0052 for assistance, or to make an appointment to see someone.

    The website,, “will also redirect constituents to many state documents and other helpful information,” Turzai’s office said in a statement.

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.


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