Get ready for another special election | Monday Morning Coffee

August 19, 2019 6:25 am

Good morning, fellow seekers.

Two big things are happening tomorrow: John is coming back from vacation, and Pennsylvania is hosting yet another special election.

The state House election in the 85th District on Tuesday will be the seventh special election this year, Reporter Stephen Caruso writes in a preview of the race.

The seat was last held by Republican Fred Keller, who is now serving in Congress. The district is solidly red, having gone for gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner and GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta by wide margins in November 2018.

So Republican candidate David Rowe should expect to prevail over Democrat Jennifer Rager-Kay right? Not so fast!

Enter Clair Moyer, a registered Republican who is running as a write-in candidate. His beef? The way special election candidates are selected by party leaders.

“This all boiled down to one or two people’s choice,” Moyer told Caruso. “All the voters have to do is ratify the choice. I disagree. That’s not democracy.”

Check back in Tuesday night for the results. In the meantime, catch up on the race.

Sen. Pat Toomey. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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And now you’re up to date.

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Sarah Anne Hughes
Sarah Anne Hughes

Associate Editor Sarah Anne Hughes covers the governor and Pennsylvania's agencies. Before joining the Capital-Star, she was the state capitol reporter for Billy Penn and The Incline, and a 2018 corps member for Report for America. She was previously managing editor of Washington City Paper, editor-in-chief of DCist, and a national blogger for The Washington Post.