Special elections being held in three Pennsylvania House districts

Special elections are being held on March 17 for District 8, District 18, and District 58 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. All three seats were previously held by Republican incumbents. Candidates running for special elections in Pennsylvania are selected by their respective political parties.

  • Phil Heasley (D) and Tim Bonner (R) are facing off in District 8. The seat became vacant after Tedd Nesbit (R) resigned on January 2 to join the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio.
  • Harold Hayes (D) and K.C. Tomlinson (R) are facing off in District 18. The seat became vacant after Gene DiGirolamo (R) resigned on January 6 when he was sworn in as a Bucks County commissioner.
  • Robert Prah Jr. (D), Eric Davanzo (R), and Ken Bach (L) are facing off in District 58. The seat became vacant after Justin Walsh (R) resigned on December 26 after he was elected as a Westmoreland County judge.

Regularly scheduled elections are being held in Pennsylvania House districts in 2020. The primary is taking place on April 28. The general election will be held on November 3.

Heading into the special elections, Republicans have a 107-93 majority in the Pennsylvania House with three vacancies. Pennsylvania has a divided government, and no political party holds a state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

As of March, 34 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 16 states. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

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