Two special elections on the horizon in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: Staggered election schedules mean vacancies. For example, state legislative incumbents can run for a different office mid way through their term, or run dual campaigns (for a brand new office along with re-election to their current post, as a type of insurance policy). When they win election to the new office, as many did earlier this month, states must make arrangements to fill their empty seats.
The first, Democrat Matthew Smith, has served as the State Representative for Pennsylvania's District 42 since 2007. After three terms in that position, he ran for, and won, election to the Pennsylvania State Senate. Smith will resign his current post after the legislative session ends on November 30, 2012. Then, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) will call for a special election.
District 95's own Eugene DePasquale (D) is also preparing for a job transition, though, unlike Smith, he will soon be leaving the state's legislative branch altogether. On November 6, 2012, DePasquale was elected to the statewide office of Pennsylvania State Auditor. He will have to vacate his seat in the House before the executive terms begin on January 17, 2013, after which Speaker of the House Samuel Smith (R) will call for a special election to find the next District 95 Representative.
Neither election has been scheduled as of November 29, 2012.
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Pennsylvania elections, 2012
- State legislative special elections, 2013
- Eugene DePasquale
- Matthew Smith
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- Pennsylvania Constitution, Article II, Section 2, accessed November 19, 2012
- Pennsylvania Constitution, Article II, Section 4, accessed November 19, 2012
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives, "Rep. Matthew Smith"
- WITF, "Awaiting special elections announcement for two House seats," November 25, 2012
- Pennsylvania State Legislature, "Pennsylvania Constitution: Executive Branch," accessed November 29, 2012