HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) today ordered a special election to be held on Tuesday, April 5, to fill the vacant seat in the 116th Legislative District in Luzerne County.
The seat was vacated when Rep. Tarah Toohil was sworn in to serve on the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.
House rules state the speaker shall issue a writ for a special election to be held on a date which shall occur on or before the date of the first municipal election which occurs not less than 60 days after the issuance of the writ.
“Voters in Pennsylvania are already receiving a lot of information about new districts and major elections this year,” Cutler said. “This special election is to complete the term under the current, or old, map. Therefore, holding the election on its own unique date, and not coinciding this special election with the primary, eliminates potential confusion for voters.”
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 confirmed.
Speaker Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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