Representative Mike Turzai

Speaker of the House

28th District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Christine Goldbeck

717.787.7977 (office) 570.205.0736 (cell) / /




May 28, 2019


Speaker Announces Special Election for 85th Legislative District


HARRISBURG Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) today ordered a special election for Tuesday, Aug. 20, to fill the vacant seat in the 85th Legislative District, located in parts of Union and Snyder counties. The special election will fill the seat vacated by Rep. Fred Keller, who recently won election to The United States Congress.


Turzai filed the writ of election, the formal document setting the date of a special election, with the Department of State. A copy of the writ is also being filed with the board of elections in Union and Snyder counties.


Candidates for the office will be selected by a process designated by their respective political parties, and the winner of the special election will take office after the results are certified.


Meanwhile, the 85th Legislative District office, located in the Mifflinburg Government Center, 343 Chestnut St., Suite 1, Mifflinburg, will remain open. Residents can call and make an appointment for assistance at 570-966-0052. The website,, will also redirect constituents to many state documents and other helpful information.


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