The Democratic Party of York County will collect letters-of-interest and resumes from Democrats considering a run for the 95th House district, a seat that'll be vacated when Rep. Eugene DePasquale resigns to take statewide office.

Party chairman Bob Kefauver said the party can't legally make a recommendation for a replacement until DePasquale resigns, but it will begin soliciting letters the week after Thanksgiving.

A forum will be held after letters are received, probably in January, to introduce the candidates to the community, he said.

The candidates would answer questions prepared by the party's nominating committee and attendees.

No decision would be made the night of the forum, but the nominating committee would convene and possibly invite candidates in for one last meeting before whittling the list to one person, Kefauver said.

The local nominating committee then sends that name to the state branch of the Democratic Party for approval, he said.

Interested people must live in the district, which covers York City, North York, West York, Spring Garden Township and part of West Manchester Township.

Auditor General: DePasquale said he'll resign from the House in January to be sworn in as auditor general. He won both elections Nov. 6, but can't serve in both positions. His House seat will be empty from the time he resigns until after a special election next year.

Republicans will also propose a candidate for the heavily Democratic district, and both candidates will appear on the ballot.

Bob Wilson, who heads the York County Republican Party, said a few Republicans have expressed interest in the 95th.

The process is different for Republicans. Committee members in the 95th vote for the candidate, and the candidate is then placed on the ballot for the special election, he said. A state committee isn't involved.

The date for the special election will be set by Speaker of the House Sam Smith, and Democrats are hoping it will be held the same day as the May 2013 primary so there's no extra cost for voting machines and other election provisions.

DePasquale will be the first statewide officeholder from York County since Gov. George Leader served in the 1950s.

He will succeed Jack Wagner, who's stepping down after serving the maximum two consecutive terms allowed by law.


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