Keystone State Gov. Tom Wolf (D) yesterday set the special election schedule for the state’s two impending vacant seats. Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Chadds Ford) resigned from Congress last Friday, ending his congressional career that began in January of 2011. In the next few days, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Allentown) will follow suit and depart for the private sector. Gov. Wolf had ten days from the vacancy becoming official to call a replacement election(s) for purposes of choosing a successor(s) for the balance of the current term.
As we know, the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court re-drew the boundaries earlier this year for the regular 2018 election cycle, but these special elections will be held in the previous districts. The state political parties will convene to choose nominees, presumably after the May 15th primary.
Mr. Wolf announced that the special elections, as expected, will run concurrently with the regular election cycle, meaning November 6th. The winners will begin their congressional service upon election and could be the individuals who will be chosen in the corresponding districts for the new 116th Congress.
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