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Timing of Hess' death keeps seat vacant for now

September 9, 2013
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House seat vacated by the death of Rep. Dick Hess must remain empty until after November's general election due to state laws governing special elections.

The Altoona Mirror ( ) reports a special election to fill Hess' 78th District seat in central can't be held for at least 60 days after his death, under state law.

Hess died of complications from leg surgery during his 14th term in the House on Friday —which is exactly 60 days before the general election. A special election can't be held on the same day, meaning Hess' seat will remain vacant until after the general election.

Hess, a Republican from Bedford County, represented a district that included part of that county and neighboring Huntingdon County, as well as all of Fulton County.


Information from: Altoona Mirror,



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