House Speaker sets January election for Hess' seat

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 18, 2013 12:52 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A special election will be held Jan. 28 to fill a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives created by the death of Rep. Dick Hess earlier this month.

House Speaker Sam Smith announced this week that Hess' district offices will remain open in the meantime to help constituents.

The district consists of Fulton County and parts of Bedford and Huntingdon counties. The political parties will select candidates for the vacancy.

The 74-year-old Hess was a 14-term Republican and chairman of the Transportation Committee when he died Sept. 6 from complications that arose after leg surgery.

The Bedford resident was a former Bedford County prothonotary and chief clerk to the county commissioners.

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