PA GOP Picks Conferees for PA-18 Special Election

The county Republican parties that make up the 18th Congressional district have named the 215 conferees that will choose the Republican nominee for the special election.

The list of conferees, first obtained by the Post-Gazette, was compiled by the county chairs of Allegheny, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

The conferees will choose from a list of candidates who have tossed their hats into the ring for the nominations, including George Karpacks, state Senators Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) and Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), and state Representatives Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny) and Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny).

The county chairs can pick the conferees from any registered Republican living in their respective county. Based off the PA GOP’s rules, each county gets one conferee per 1,000 votes cast for President Trump in the 2016 election, meaning Allegheny will have 79, Greene will have six, Washington will have 50, and Westmoreland will have 80.

Some notable names on the list include Suzanne Ward, the daughter-in-law of Senator Kim Ward, Allegheny county Councilman Sam DeMarco, who has voiced his support for Reschenthaler, and Dan Soltesz, a former Chief of Staff to Saccone.

On the Democratic side, the county parties will recommend a candidate to the state party’s executive committee, who will name the candidate. The committee has the ability to nominate the suggestion, or name their own candidate.

7 Responses

  1. I’ll run. I’ve never screwed around on my wife, asked anyone to get an abortion, and I answer my email.

    I’m already more qualified than Tim Murphy or Kim Ward.

  2. I can’t see one name there that inspires me to vote Repub. Kim Ward, from what I have heard, is practically comatose. In keeping with the Trumpist ideal of keeping it all in the family, I am not surprised that her daughter is involved in all that. Just shows that the Repub corruption and nepotism are “trickling down” far more than any of their economic trickle-down bullcrap is.

  3. So, how many lap-dances should the candidates have to give to win the nomination?

    5 candidates. up to 215 conferees.

    Is it just the most votes, or is it a run-off with multiple rounds?

    1. Multiple rounds of balloting until one candidate gets a majority — with the candidate lowest vote total removed each round.

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