Date set for special election

April 2 has been set as the date of the special election in Pennsylvania’s 37th state Senatorial District, which includes all of the Avonworth communities except Ben Avon.

A special election is required because the incumbent senator, Republican Guy Reschenthaler, was elected to the United States Congress in November and resigned his state seat prior to being sworn in as the representative for the 14th Congressional district earlier this month.

Reschenthaler himself joined the state Senate in 2015 after winning a special election held to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Democrat Matt Smith. His term does not expire until 2020.

Because this is a special election, the candidates that will face off on April 2 will be chosen by the Democratic and Republican parties. Democrats will hold an election in which committee members from the municipalities within the 37th District will decide on who will represent them in April. Republican Party leaders from the area are expected to choose the GOP candidate.

The 37th Senatorial District includes parts of the South Hills and the airport area, and extends into Washington County.