On Friday, outgoing Lt. Gov. Mike Stack announced April 2 as the special election date to fill the open state Senate seat vacated by Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny).
A few minutes ago, I asked the Senate Secretary to draft a writ setting the Special Election to fill the vacant 37th Senate District seat for April 2, 2019. Counties will be served the writ on Monday.
— Mike Stack (@LtGovStack) January 4, 2019
Reschenthaler was elected to represent the 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House after cruising to a victory over Democrat Bibiana Boerio in November. He represented the 37th state Senate District in Western PA since 2015 by winning a special election after state Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) resigned to become the president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that three Republicans and five Democrats have confirmed that “they had either decided to run for the seat or were strongly considering it.”
The Republicans who expressed interest are Raja, the Allegheny County Republican Committee chairman who narrowly lost a race for this seat in 2012 against Smith, Devlin Robinson, South Hills businessman and Marine Corps veteran, and North Fayette Supervisor Bob Doddato.
The possible Democratic candidates according to the Post-Gazette are attorney William Caye II, Mike Crossey, former Pennsylvania State Education Association president, former Navy officer Pam Iovino, Moon Area school board member Mark Scappe, and emergency room physician Dr. Bob Solomon.
The Post-Gazette also reports that former state Rep. Martin Schmotzer and Women and Girls Foundation community engagement director Olivia Benson are also mulling runs for the seat.
The parties will pick the candidates to run in the special election.