HARRISBURG, Pa., May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lt. Governor Jim Cawley today set Tuesday, August 7, as the date for a special election to fill the 40th senatorial district in Allegheny and Butler counties left vacant by the May 21 resignation of Senator Jane Orie.
Lt. Governor Cawley signed a writ of election declaring the seat vacant and directing the Secretary of State to hold the election on the prescribed date in the affected municipalities.
"After consultations with the Governor and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, I decided to set an early date so that the citizens of that senate district could have representation as soon as possible. They are entitled to their voice in the Senate," Cawley said.
"I am fully supportive of Lt. Governor Cawley's decision to call the special election for August 7th in order that the newly elected member has the opportunity to cast votes on several important fall issues including pension reform and infrastructure investment," Scarnati said.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Lieutenant Governor