House Special Election For Kavulich’s Seat Set For March 12
A special election to fill the seat of the late state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich will take place March 12, House Speaker Mike Turzai announced today.
The announcement sets up a two-month campaign between whomever the Lackawanna County Democratic and Republican parties choose as their candidates for the 114th state House District seat.
Democratic committee members from the 114th are scheduled to interview prospective candidates on Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Nosh, 280 Main St., Dickson City. The Democratic executive committee will meet the next day to ratify or reject the nomination. Four people have applied for the Democratic nomination. They are Bridget Malloy Kosierowski of Waverly Twp., Wendy Jones of Dickson City, Leonard Longo of Scott Twp. and Rabbi Daniel Swartz of Clarks Summit. The Democratic deadline for applications passed Friday.
The county Republican Party will accept applications until Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. Applications should include a letter of intent, a resume and a copy of the applicant’s voter registration card. They may be sent via email to LackawannaGOP@gmail.com or by mail to Republican Party of Lackawanna County, 400 Spruce St., Suite 400, Scranton, Pa., 18503.
The party’s 114th committee will meet Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. to interview candidates. The party executive committee will meet Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. to ratify or reject the nomination, county Republican chairman Lance Stange Jr. said. Both meetings will take place at party headquarters, Suite 100, 400 Spruce St., Scranton.
Stephen Semenza of Old Forge and Mike Conigliaro of Taylor have announced they will seek the Republican nomination.
Kavulich died Oct. 16. The winner of the election will serve the remainder of Kavulich’s term, which ends Nov. 30, 2020.
State legislators will earn a base salary of $88,610.42 this year.
The 114th consists of the city of Carbondale, Waverly, Fell, Glenburn, Greenfield, Newton, North Abington, Ransom, Carbondale, and Scott townships and Clarks Summit, Dickson City, Jermyn, Mayfield, Moosic, Old Forge, Taylor and Vandling boroughs.
Turzai announced a special election to fill a vacancy in the 190th House District in Philadelphia will also take place March 12.
The seat became vacant last month when former Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, a Democrat, resigned after a bribery conviction.
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