Voters in Westmoreland and Somerset counties will choose between candidates selected by the two major parties.
HARRISBURG — Voters in a western Pennsylvania state House district will pick a representative to fill what is now a vacant seat during the May 18 primary, Speaker Bryan Cutler announced Tuesday.
The opening is due to the Jan. 2 death of Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland.
Colleagues said Reese, 42, died at a hospital of an apparent brain aneurysm about a month after publicly disclosing he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The parties will pick the candidates in what has been a reliably Republican district.
Reese had been chosen to serve as House Republican caucus chairman for the 2021-22 session that has just gotten underway. He had served in the House since 2008.