The slate of Republican candidates to be considered for the March 18 special election in the vacant 28th Senate District includes four men, two of whom are relatively unknown in state politics.

The Democratic Party said it would announce its slate of candidates on Monday.

Vying for the lone GOP slot on the ballot are:

•William Anderson, a 62-year-old IT field administrator who lives in the Hanover area;

•Zack Hearn, 37, of Windsor Township, who works as a veterans advocate;

•State Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, also 62, who has served in the 93rd House District since 1999,

•and Scott Wagner, 58, a Spring Garden Township tea party supporter and owner of Penn Waste and KBS Inc. trucking company.

Friday at 5 p.m. was the deadline by which Republicans and Democrats interested in running were to submit their resumes to local party officials.

Selection process: The York County Republican Committee members representing the 28th District will hold a public meeting - a break from the usual protocol - Thursday to allow the four men answer questions and for committee members to deliberate.

The meeting won't end until the committee has agreed by a simple majority on which man it will nominate for the special election, said Bob Wilson, who chairs the committee.

The meeting marks the first time in local history the committee has opened the full nominating meeting to the public, but "because of the fact that there seems to be a conspiracy theory of a back-room deal, we're going to open the process," Wilson said.

Wagner has questioned the timing of incumbent Republican Mike Waugh's recent resignation so he could be appointed to the Pennsylvania Farm Show's top position. Waugh had previously said he would serve until the end of his term, the end of this year, and wouldn't seek re-election because of an unnamed medical condition. Wagner has said the apparent rush to a special election was intended to boost "party favorite" Miller, who would have the advantage of incumbency for the May 20 primary if he wins the special election.

"This will be a very open, fair and honest process," Wilson said. "All of this talk of back-room deals is just nonsense."

Wilson said he has personally met with all of the candidates, and all would represent York County very well.

Members of the public will have to maintain silence during the 7 p.m. meeting, for which check-in will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Goodwill York Township Fire Co., 2318 S. Queen St., Wilson said.

Each committee member can ask questions, with a vote coming at the end. Several rounds of balloting could be necessary if there are split votes, but the committee will have to stay as late as it takes to reach an agreement, he said.

Dems meeting, too: Both parties must submit a certificate containing the name of their nominee to the Department of State by the end of business Jan. 27, said Ron Ruman, the department's press secretary.

The state makes sure the candidates meet legal qualifications and are indeed registered voters in their party. If they are, they appear on the ballot for their party, he said.

The Democratic Party of York County is not releasing the names of its candidates until Monday, said party head Bob Kefauver. Its meeting, which is also open to the public, will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at Democratic headquarters, 275 W. Market St.

The local committee will decide who to recommend to a state Democratic committee, which is expected to confirm the nominee and send his or her name to the state, Kefauver said.

-- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.