“I know this area well and have worked with community members on various projects from each county. They trust me and want me to restore dignity and honor to this Office,” Saccone said according to KDKA.
Saccone had been running to challenge Senator Bob Casey next year.
The special election will be scheduled by Governor Tom Wolf within 10 days after Murphy officially resigns on October 21st. The date must be at least 60 days after the announcement.
The candidates will be chosen by the political parties through their own internal processes. The Republicans will use a conferee process of local activists with the numbers of from each of the counties determined by the number of votes for President Trump in 2016. Local Democrats will make a suggestion to the state party’s executive committee, who will choose the candidate.
State Senators Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) and Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) have both announced for the race.