Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R- Allegheny County) today announced a special election to take place on March 24 in order fill the seat vacated by Rep. Brendan Boyle.
Boyle retired on January 2 before being sworn into the U.S. Congress as the representative of PA’s 13th Congressional District.
Turzai filed the writ of election with the Department of State while a copy of the writ is also being filed with the board of elections in Philadelphia.
The respective political parties will determine the process of selecting their candidates. Republicans have already coalesced around Martina White.
Congressman Boyle and his brother State Rep. Kevin Boyle are known to favor Seth Kaplan (the latter’s Chief of Staff) for the position. The nomination, though, will ultimately be decided by the local party leaders.