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

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.