Special election to replace resigning Ellis to take place on primary day

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    The open Butler County house seat once held by Republican Rep. Brian Ellis, who resigned earlier this week following sexual assault allegations, will be filled in a special election May 21st — the same day as the state’s municipal primaries.

    House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, announced the date Wednesday.

    Candidates will be chosen the local party leaders. Ellis, in office since 2004, last faced a Democratic opponent in 2008 when he won with over two-thirds of the vote. Ellis faced an independent challenger last year who took just under one fourth of the vote.

    READ MORE: How do local party officials pick candidates for special elections?

    This is the fourth special election scheduled for primary day. Two state Senate special elections will take place, as well as a special for the 12th Congressional District in central Pennsylvania.

    The 11th district includes the city of Butler proper as well as parts west and south of the city.





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