Old Forge Lawyer Will Seek House Seat In 114th

December 14, 2018
Old Forge Lawyer Will Seek House Seat In 114th

With a special election to replace the late state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich expected in March, a newly converted Republican and lawyer from Old Forge said Thursday he will seek the party’s nomination for election to the 114th House District seat. Stephen Semenza, 29, switched Dec. 7, from the Democratic Party to the Republican. Semenza said he considers himself socially moderate, but fiscally conservative. He said he believes in free markets, low taxes and privatization and will make cutting school property taxes a centerpiece of his campaign, he said. He’s running because he wants to serve the public and switched because it gives him a better chance to win a nomination, he said. “The switch is not much for me,” Semenza said, referring to his moderate temperament. For special elections to fill vacancies, official county Republican and Democratic party committees nominate candidates rather than Democratic and Republican voters choosing nominees in a primary election. County Democratic chairman Chris Patrick said interested Democrats should send cover letters and resumes by Dec. 28, to the Lackawanna County Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 441, Olyphant, Pa., 18447. Democratic committeemen and committeewomen who live in the 114th will interview candidates Jan. 3, at Nosh, 280 Main St., Dickson City. The party will notify candidates of the time they should appear, Patrick said. The 114th committee members will recommend a nominee, with the party executive committee making the final decision, he said. County Republican Party chairman Lance Stange Jr. said he likely will announce the party’s interview date next week. Applicants should prepare to submit a letter of intent to seek the nomination, a resume and a copy of their voter registration card, Stange said. State legislators will take the oath of office for two-year terms on New Year’s Day. Rank-and-file legislators will earn $88,610.42 next year. State House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-28, Allegheny, likely will announce the date of the special election a couple of days after legislators take the oath. By law, the election must take place at least 60 days after Turzai’s announcement of the election date, which likely would place it in March, Miskin said. The special election winner will serve the rest of Kavulich’s term, which expires Nov. 30, 2020. Kavulich died Oct. 16, but won re-election posthumously. Contact the writer: bkrawczeniuk@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9147 @BorysBlogTT

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