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Special elections for Senate seats slated for May 21

By: - March 8, 2019 2:49 pm
Former senators Don White (L) and Richard Alloway (R)

Former senators Don White (L) and Richard Alloway (R)

Special elections for two state Senate seats will be held on Pennsylvania’s primary day on May 21, the lieutenant governor announced Friday.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman signed the Writ of Election for Senate Districts 41 and 33 on Thursday, officially kicking off races for seats formerly held by Sens. Don White, of Indiana County, and Richard Alloway, of Franklin County.

The winners of the special elections will serve through 2020.

White and Alloway, both Republicans, announced their resignations in January. Their last day in the Senate was Feb. 28.

White resigned to start retirement, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His seat for the 41st Senate District, representing parts of Armstrong, Butler, Indiana and Westmoreland counties, would have been up for re-election in 2020.

Alloway, whose 13th District encompassed most of Franklin County, took many political observers by surprise when he announced he was resigning to “explore other opportunities.”

He denied speculation that he was leaving office against his own will, and told PennLive he was simply disillusioned with state-level politics.

“My heart has not been in this as much and my staff knows my heart has not been in it,” Alloway told PennLive’s Charlie Thompson.

The former attorney said he plans to re-open his private law practice in Chambersburg.

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Elizabeth Hardison
Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison covered education policy, election administration, criminal justice and legislative news for the Capital-Star from Jan. 2019-April 2021. You can find her on Twitter @ElizHardison.