Special Election Day in PA

For the first time in 2022, voters will go to the polls today to cast votes for candidates to fill three seats in the General Assembly.

With all the attention that has been placed on the races for the U.S. Senate, governor and lieutenant governor nominations, little light has been shown on the three House races that are up for grabs.
116th District

Location: The District is currently made up of parts of southern Luzerne County and the city of Hazleton.

Seat formerly held by: Tarah Toohill, elected to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas

Candidates: Amilcar Arroyo (D), Robert Schnee (R), Paul Cwalina (L)

About: Arroyo is a Peruvian native who has lived in the Hazleton area for 33 years and obtained his U.S. citizenship 28 years ago. He is the editor of El Mensajero magazine. Schnee, 62, is a retired Hazleton City Authority meter reader and has served on county council since 2016.Cwalina, 58, is a small business owner who has previously served as a school director at Wyoming Valley West.

Notable: Luzerne County’s Election Board will be permitted to count approximately 305 mail ballots if they arrive after Tuesday’s special election for state representative in the 116th Legislative District because the impacted voters received the ballots late “through no fault of their own,” a county judge ruled Monday. The board, which requested the deadline extension, had announced Friday that the election bureau discovered the state did not correctly upload two files containing mail ballot information for the 305 voters.

Results: Luzerne County Elections
24th District

Location: The district includes eastern Pittsburgh neighborhoods Homewood, Highland Park, Garfield, and East Liberty, and parts of Wilkinsburg.

Seat formerly held by: Ed Gainey, elected mayor of Pittsburgh

Candidates: Martell Covington (D), Todd Koger (R)

About: Covington, 34, is a legislative aide to state senator Jay Costa. Koger, 60, is an educator and author.

Notable: The special election will determine who finishes out the term that runs through the end of the year. Candidates will have to run again in the upcoming May primary, when the districts will look slightly different because of redistricting, to stay in office for a full term.

Results: Allegheny County Elections
19th District

Location: The district includes Pittsburgh city neighborhoods of Downtown, Hill District, Uptown, South Oakland, Hazelwood, Allentown, Beltzhoover, parts of South Side, and North Side neighborhoods Marshall-Shadeland, California-Kirkbride, Perry South, Fineview, Central North Side, Manchester, Chateau, Deutschtown, Allegheny Center, Allegheny West, and North Shore.

Seat formerly held by: Jake Wheatley, named chief of staff to Pittsburgh mayor Ed Gainey

Candidates: Aerion Abney (D). No Republican is on the ballot.

About: Abney is a social worker and community activist

Notable: Next month’s primaries and the November election will determine who holds those seats for a full two-year term that will start next year.

Results: Allegheny County Elections

5 Responses

    1. I voted around 10am today and I was only the 2nd person to have voted in my polling place. May be a low turnout today.

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  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?


    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

    Total Voters: 173

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