Allegheny County Republicans have chosen Dan Remely to run in a special election in May for state Senator Matt Smith’s now vacant House seat, HD-42. The seat became vacant after Smith was elected to serve as Senator for Pennsylvania’s 37th Senatorial District.
Dan Remely, 61 has been a member of the Mt. Lebanon school board since 2005. His name was one of a few rumored to be favored by the GOP. He is also president of H-Squared Properties Inc. where he specializes in redeveloping and rehabilitating property.
The 42nd district is located entirely within Allegheny County and includes Mt. Lebanon and its surrounding communities. It favors Democrats by registration, but was held by Republicans until 2007.
Nominees for special election were chosen by the candidates’ respective parties rather than a primary race. Remely’s Democratic opponent will be attorney Dan Miller, an ally of Smith and former Mt. Lebanon commissioner, was chosen by the Democrats in mid-December.
Remely was chosen in the first ballot by Allegheny GOP committee members on Saturday. He defeated John Schnatterly, who immediately offered his support for Remely.
The special election will occur on May 21st in conjunction with the primary election as announced by House Speaker Sam Smith on January 17th. The special election will also fill the House seat of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.
The winner of the HD-42 race will serve the remainder of Smith’s term through January, 2015.