Now that Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pittsburgh) has indicated he will resign his House seat on October 21st, the Republican replacement field is beginning form. State Sens. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Bethel Park) and Kim Ward (R-Greensburg) are saying they will interview for the special election nomination process, which will be decided by Republican Party county committee members from the district’s four counties. State Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Jefferson Hills), currently in the US Senate primary, is also interested in being tabbed for the special election. Further contenders will soon undoubtedly come forward.
Democrats will hold their own similar process. Before the Murphy resignation announcement ex-Pennsylvania Teachers Union president Rick Crossey, former Department Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Pam Iovino, and physician Robert Solomon, all Democrats, announced their congressional candidacies. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) will set the special election date once the seat is officially vacant.
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