Stephen Semenza, a lawyer from Old Forge, announced he is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the special election in Pennsylvania’s 114th House District.
The special election is to fill the seat of the late Democratic state Rep. Sid Michael Kavulich, who died in October at the age of 62 from complications of open heart surgery.
Semenza, 29, just switched party affiliations last week from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that, “He’s running because he wants to serve the public and switched parties because it gives him a better chance to win a nomination.”
According to the Times-Tribune, Semenza sees himself as “socially moderate, but fiscally conservative” so the changing of parties was not too significant in his eyes.
The Times-Tribune also reports Semenza claims to, “believe in free markets, low taxes and privatization and will make cutting school property taxes a centerpiece of his campaign.”
The official county Republican party committees will nominate their candidate for the special election seat. This article did not specifically name other candidates interested in pursuing the seat.
The Times-Tribune reports that Speaker Mike Turzai likely will announce the date of the special election early in the new year, with the date expecting to be in March.
Kavulich represented the 114th district in Lackawanna County and served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2011. He was a Democratic member of the following committees: Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Finance, Gaming Oversight, Local Government, and Tourism & Recreational Development.