HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) today ordered two special elections be held on Tuesday, March 12, to fill the vacant seats in the 114th Legislative District in Lackawanna County and the 190th Legislative District in Philadelphia County.
Turzai filed the writs of election, the formal documents setting the date of the special elections, with the Department of State. Copies of the writs are also being filed with the Lackawanna County Board of Elections and the Philadelphia County Board of Elections.
The vacancies were created by the passing of former Rep. Sid Kavulich (D-Lackawanna) on Oct. 16 and the Dec. 11 resignation of former Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) after her conviction on seven charges related to a bribery case, six of which were felonies. In both instances, the former members were unopposed on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election, resulting in vacancies in both legislative districts when new members were sworn in to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Jan 1.
Candidates for both offices will be selected by a process designated by their respective political parties, and the winners of the special elections will take office after the results are certified.
District offices of the former members will remain open under supervision of the House to assist constituents with issues or problems, and continue constituent inquiries already in progress. The offices will remain until a new representative takes office and decides how to manage the district.
The 114th Legislative District office is located at 802 S. Main St, Taylor, PA 18517, telephone (570) 562-2350.
The 190th Legislative District office is located at 1435 N. 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19131, telephone (215) 879-6615.
Representative Mike Turzai
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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