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.