The matchup is set for the 108th House District special election to replace Lynda Schlegel Culver who has moved onto the state Senate.
The GOP has nominated Shikellamy director Mike Stender, while the Democrats have selected Montour County Commissioner Trevor Finn as their candidate.
Stender, who resides in Sunbury, outlasted seven other contestants for the nod. Voting took place in multiple rounds with candidates being eliminated when they received fewer than 20 percent of the vote. In the decisive round, Stender received 11 votes to edge Joe Moralez, Milton Borough Council vice president, by a single ballot.
Other candidates under consideration were Moralez, Tom Webb, Andrew Ramos, and Gary Truckenmiller — all from Northumberland County — and Montour County’s Steve Brosious, Michael Jardim, David Ackley and Edward Rothermel.
“I am honored to be the Republican nominee for the 108th State House District Special Election,” said Stender. “In the coming weeks, I will be traveling the district to hear from citizens and earn their vote.”
“Michael is an extremely hard worker and we are ready to win another Special Election in this region,” said Republican Party of Pennsylvania Vice Chair Bernadette Comfort. “He will tirelessly work for the people of the 108th District.”
Finn, a resident of Danville, earned the nod in an online vote that was completed Thursday night over three other candidates – Jason Radel and John Cooper of Northumberland County, and Amber Heidig, who serves as the chairperson of the Montour County Democratic Committee.
The 108th Legislative District encompasses all of Montour County, as well as parts of Northumberland County. The special election will be held in conjunction with the municipal primary on May 16.