Voters pick successor to House rep snared in gambling probe

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 23, 2018 5:21 PM


(Pittsburgh) -- Residents of a Pennsylvania House district south of Pittsburgh are picking a successor to a representative who quit after pleading guilty last fall to charges related to an illegal gambling machine operation.

The special election Tuesday in the Monongahela Valley area pits Democrat Austin Davis against Republican Fawn Walker-Montgomery.

The seat's been vacant since November, when eight-term Democrat Rep. Mark Gergely stepped down as he was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest. Gergely pleaded guilty to misdemeanor conspiracy and campaign violation counts.

Walker-Montgomery lost the November 2016 election to Gergely.

It's one of three vacancies in the state House, along with 120 Republicans and 80 Democrats. Special elections for the other two open seats, in Washington and Bucks counties, will be held along with the spring primary May 15.

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