special-elections

Sarah Hammond, left, and Doug Mastriano. (Courtesy campaign websites)

Pennsylvania’s busy special election season continues as parties pick nominees for 33rd Senate District

BY: - April 1, 2019

Local Democratic and Republican party activists in south-central Pennsylvania have selected their respective nominees for a special election in Pennsylvania’s 33rd Senate District, a reliably Republican seat that was most recently held by Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams. Republican nominee Doug Mastriano, a military historian and veteran, will face Democratic contender Sarah Hammond, a local government […]

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

BY: - March 20, 2019

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 […]

Picking candidates for special elections can be a covert and complicated process. A state lawmaker wants to change that

BY: - March 15, 2019

By primary day in May, Pennsylvania will have seen more special elections than months in 2019.

Democrats easily hold on to suburban Scranton state House district in special election

BY: - March 12, 2019

The final margin was a blowout, as Kosierowski won 62-38, according to unofficial results. Turnout was a little less than 25 percent.

Movita Johnson-Harrell wins state House election to represent West Philadelphia district

BY: - March 12, 2019

Johnson-Harrell said she is the first Muslim woman elected to the state House.

A special election in suburban Scranton will test Democrats’ hold on the northeast

BY: - March 12, 2019

“If the GOP does win, it’s a great way to start of special election season,” Republican political operative Chris Nicholas said. “No one thinks the GOP is gonna switch the seat in Philly.”

Western Pa. state Senate candidates trade second round of attacks in new ads

BY: - March 8, 2019

Editor’s note: This story was corrected to reflect that Democrat Matt Smith held the 37th from 2013 to 2015.* Candidates vying for a state Senate seat in suburban Pittsburgh released dueling attack ads Friday, less than a month before a highly watched special election. Pam Iovino, a Democratic Navy veteran and former cabinet assistant secretary, […]

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

Special elections for Senate seats slated for May 21

BY: - March 8, 2019

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 […]

In a new ad, a progressive super PAC is going on the attack against Republican Frank Scavo for anti-Muslim social media posts

BY: - March 8, 2019

Republican Frank Scavo has apologized for his comments - but insists they 'pale in comparison' to the statements of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Oman, D-Minn.

The fight in a western Pa. special election heats up: Democrat Iovino, Republican Raja trade barbs in new ads

BY: - March 5, 2019

Things are getting nasty in the special election battle between Democrat Pam Iovino and Republican D.Raja in the special election fight for western Pennsylvania’s open 37th Senate District seat. In an ad launched last week, Raja, businessman and chairman of the Allegheny County Republicans, derides Iovino as a “liberal extremist.” It also touts the 500 […]

GOP state House candidate Scavo apologizes for anti-Muslim Facebook posts

BY: - March 1, 2019

Frank Scavo, a Lackawanna County school board chair, businessman, and Republican candidate for state House, apologized this week for posting anti-Muslim statements on his personal Facebook page. A review of Scavo’s social media from March 2018 to the present by the Pennsylvania Capital-Star revealed he posted anti-Muslim scaremongering and shared an unsubstantiated Clinton conspiracy theory. READ […]

GOP state Senate candidate Raja ties Iovino to AOC, Sanders in new attack ad

BY: - February 27, 2019

In his first two ads, Republican state Senate candidate D. Raja punched up his background as a businessman, immigrant and father. Now, Raja’s, who’s running for the open 37th District seat in Pittsburgh’s wealthy south suburbs is going on the attack against his Democratic opponent — Navy veteran and former Bush cabinet assistant secretary Pam Iovino […]