HARRISBURG – After being sworn-in to office Monday with an undeniable 101-99 Republican majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) issued lawful writs of election for the 34th and 35th House Districts on Thursday.
“With the authority of a clear and undeniable majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and backed up by prior House precedent, Pennsylvania statute and the prior decisions of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, I am issuing these lawful writs of election to finally provide electoral certainty for the people of Allegheny County who are currently lacking representation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives,” Cutler said.
“It is unfortunate we had to arrive at this conclusion today, but the illegitimate and illegal writs of election issued last week by the leader of the minority party in the House, with the cooperation of the Pennsylvania Department of State, forced this continued action and the ongoing litigation over those writs. This is what happens when Democrats continue to redefine terms to fit their singular belief of what is right and show their true nature as pure partisans, instead of as rational stewards of our shared institutions.”
Under these valid writs of election, the two special elections will be held on May 16, 2023.
“Holding these special elections on the date of the 2023 primary election will save Allegheny County money by not requiring the duplication of resources and election expenses and will allow plenty of time for the county to prepare for mail-in and absentee ballots,” Cutler said.
Candidates for the office will be selected by a process designated by their respective political parties, and the winner of the special election will take office after the results are confirmed.
Republican Leader Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives