Governor Tom Wolf announced the special election to replace former Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny) will be held on March 13th, 2018.
Murphy resigned amid a scandal that included him reportedly asking the woman he was having an extra-marital affair with to have an abortion during a pregnancy scare. Reports also surfaced of mistreatment of staff in his office by both Murphy and his Chief of Staff.
Murphy resigned on the 21st, giving Wolf until the 31st to set the date.
Now, state Democrats and Republicans will begin their respective processes to pick their candidates for the seat.
Democrats Gina Cerilli, Mike Crossey, Pam Iovino, Conor Lamb, and Dr. Bob Solomon have all announced their intentions for the race. Republican State Senators Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and state Rep. Rick Saccone have announced for the race as well.