Three candidates are seeking the nomination of the GOP for the March 18 special election for Mike Waugh’s state Senate seat.
There was a fourth, in Scott Wagner who is also running for the seat in the primary, but Wagner withdrew his name late Friday night.
News release, after the jump:
York, PA, January 16, 2014: The York County Republican Committee has closed applications for the party’s nomination in the March 18th special election for the 28th state senate seat. As of 5:00 P.M. this evening the following individuals have supplied a letter of intent and resume: William Anderson, Zachary Hearn, Ron Miller and Scott Wagner.
The nomination meeting of the York County Republican Committee Members of the 28th State Senate District will be held on January 23rd at 7:00pm. The location of this meeting will be York Township Fire Hall located at 2318 South Queen Street, York, PA 17402. This nomination meeting will consist of interviewing each candidate, and hearing directly from each candidate. After the interview process has been completed, then each registered committee member will cast vote in favor of who they want to be the Republican nominee in the upcoming special election to be held on March 18th.
Please be advised that this nomination meeting will be open to the general public as well as members of the press; all will be invited to sit in the gallery and observe the nomination meeting. No members of the gallery will be allowed to participate in the nomination meeting or be allowed to cast a vote.
Hours after the meetings were scheduled, Wagner sent out a press release withdrawing his name from the special election list. He called the process unfair, saying there wasn’t enough time (only nine days from the day of the announcement) to make a case to the committee.
Wagner said he will focus his energy on running for the primary and in the general election for the seat.
He also wrote:
“This process was designed to benefit their hand-picked candidate who knows this system. We had thought this was going to be a fair process, as it was explained to me this past Monday, but it turned out not to be. I understand why citizens are outraged.”