Speaker Announces Special Election for 78th Legislative District

HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Samuel H. Smith (R-Jefferson County) today ordered a special election be held to fill the vacant seat in the 78th Legislative District in Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

Smith filed the writ of election, the formal document setting the date of a special election, with the Department of State. A copy of the writ is also being filed with the board of elections for each affected county.

The vacancy was created by the Sept. 6 death of long-time state Representative Dick Hess.

The 78th District is made up of parts of Bedford County, all of Fulton County and part of Huntingdon County.

Candidates for the office will be selected by a process designated by their respective political parties, and the winner of the special elections will take office after the results are certified.

The district offices of Rep. Hess will remain open under supervision of the House, to assist constituents with issues or problems, and continue constituent inquiries already in progress. The offices will remain until a new representative takes office and decides how to manage the district. The two district offices are located in Bedford and McConnellsburg. The office information is below:

Bedford, Bedford County:
133 S Richard St.
Bedford PA 15522-1343
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

McConnelsburg, Fulton County:
314 Lincoln Way East, Suite A
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Representative Sam Smith
The Speaker
66th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Stephen Miskin
SamSmithPaHouse.com / Facebook.com/RepSamSmith
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