Special election set to fill vacant seat
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) has ordered a special election to be held Dec. 5 to fill the vacant seat in the 133rd Legislative District.
The vacancy was created by the Sept. 8 death of Rep. Daniel McNeill. The 133rd Legislative District consists of a part of Whitehall Township; the Boroughs of Coplay, Catasauqua and Fountain Hill; Hanover Township, Lehigh County; and parts of Salisbury Township and the City of Bethlehem.
Turzai filed the writ of election, the formal document setting the date of a special election, with the Department of State. A copy of the writ is also being filed with the Lehigh County Board of Elections.
Candidates for the office will be selected by a process designated by their respective political parties, and the winner of the special election will take office after the results are certified.
The district office, located at 1080 Schadt Ave., Whitehall, will remain open under supervision of the House to assist constituents with issues or problems and continue constituent inquiries already in progress. The office will remain until a new representative takes office and decides how to manage the district.