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HD114: GOP Committee Recommends Frank Scavo For Nomination

It looks like both parties have their nominees.

On Tuesday, a Republican committee narrowly recommended Frank Scavo over three other candidates as the party nominee for the special election 114th House District according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.

Scavo, the Old Forge School Board President, received 20 of the 43 votes, edging out Stephen Semenza by 4 votes, with Mike Conigliaro and Stephen Serge coming in at 3rd and 4th place.

The special election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, who died in October at the age of 62 from complications of open heart surgery, will be on March 12.

Scavo, 56, is a real estate investor, who has made multiple bids for elected office in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Scavo’s most recent run for office was in November when he lost to incumbent Democrat state Sen. John Blake for the state Senate’s 22nd District.

Scavo announced his intentions for this seat through a Facebook video on Jan. 6.

Scavo painted a clear picture of what issue is most important to his campaign in the video, while channeling his inner Trump in the process.

“I pledge to help senior citizens eliminate those school district property taxes as a first step and then look at legislation to help bring property tax elimination for all homes and all businesses,” Scavo says in the video. “…We need to drain the swamp in Harrisburg. Too many times our tax dollars go to Harrisburg and we don’t receive our fair share.”

According to the Times-Tribune, the county Republican executive committee will meet tonight to vote on “adopting the recommendation.”

Conigliaro and Serge have both committed to supporting his campaign, while they were unsuccessful in reaching Semenza for comment, the Times-Tribune reports.

The Times-Tribune also reports that during his recent state Senate bid, he denied interest in this seat if he were to lose against Sen. Blake.

The Democrats have already officially nominated Bridget Malloy Kosierowski as their candidate for the seat. Kosierowski, 46, is a registered nurse born and raised in Clarks Summit, who details “meaningful property tax solutions” as a priority in her campaign.

The special election winner will serve the remainder of Kavulich’s term, which ends Nov. 30, 2020.

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.

3 Responses

  1. Steven Semenza is a very fine young man from a family who for generations have been diehard Democratic Party Line supporters. He switched to the Republican Party, just a few months ago, in time to run for the Republican nomination in the 114th SPECIAL election. ONLY in the political “SWAMP” of Northeastern Pennsylvania Politics, have i seen such a brazen attempt to steal an election.

  2. So if you eliminate school taxes, how do you fund the schools? Not all seniors are willing to abrogate their responsibility to educate the children in the community.

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