Also on the ballot: Special elections in the Pa. House and Senate

By: - May 18, 2021 12:51 pm

As they head to the polls today, voters in several Pennsylvania House and Senate districts will cast their ballots in special elections for vacant seats.

Here’s a quick rundown:

22nd Senate District: Four candidates are running for this open Senate seat based in Lackawanna County. The seat became vacant when incumbent Sen. John Blake, a Democrat, resigned in March to take a job with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District.

The candidates are: state Rep. Marty Flynn (D), Chris Chermak (R), Marlene Sebastianelli (Green), and Nathan Covington (Libertarian).

48th Senate District: Four people are contending for this open Senate seat, which includes Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties. It was formerly held by the late Sen. Dave Arnold, a Republican, who died in January from brain cancer.

The candidates are: Calvin Clements (D), Christopher Gebhard (R), Ed Krebs (I), and Tim McMaster (Libertarian).

59th House District: Voters will choose among three candidates for the Westmoreland County-based seat, which was formerly held by Republican Rep. Mike Reese, who died in January of a brain aneurysm.

The candidates are: Mariah Fisher (D), Leslie Baum Rossi (R), and Robb Luther (Libertarian).

60th House District: Voters will choose among three candidates aiming to replace Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong, who retired in March because of health issues.

The candidates are: Frank Prazenica (D), Abby Major (R), and Andrew Hreha (Libertarian)

 

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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