Three House Special Elections Set for March 17

On Tuesday, Speaker Mike Turzai announced March 17 as the special election date to fill three vacant state House seats. 


State Reps. Ted Nesbit (R-Mercer) and Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland) won bids for county judge, while state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) won a seat for county commissioner. 

After Turzai announced the special election dates that are slated just a month before the state’s primary, a spokesperson for the House Democrats criticized the decision as costly and believes it will create “unnecessary confusion” among voters.  

“There’s no good reason to hold these elections on a separate date so close to the primary,” Democratic House Minority Leader Frank Dermody said in a statement. “It’s a large cost, one that’s unbudgeted, and a needless complication that benefits nobody except a few political insiders.”

In the release, Dermody also cited that recent changes to voting laws and voting machines should have been a factor in choosing a different date.

The nominees for the special elections in the 8th, 18th, and 58th state House Districts will be selected by their parties.

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