Two candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to appear on the ballot during a March 18 special election to fill resigned former Sen. Mike Waugh's senate seat for the rest of the year.

Political newcomer David Colon, 35, of Windsor is an Iraq veteran and a project manager for a Hunt Valley, Md., company. He has a master's degree in engineering from Penn State.

He will vie for the nomination along with 52-year-old Linda Small of New Freedom. She is a retired master chief petty officer (E9), the highest rank for enlisted personnel, from the U.S. Navy. She ran against Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, in 2010 and 2012 for his 93rd House District seat.

Because of snow in the forecast, the York County Democratic Committee has canceled the public meeting that was to be held Tuesday at Democratic headquarters and has instead scheduled a private vote of committee members by email.

"We're not happy about having to do this," party head Bob Kefauver said, "but some things are out of our control. If Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican insiders were not scheming to give Ron Miller the edge in the primary, we would not be faced with this excessively short timeline." The local committee will decide whom 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.

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

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.

Three Republicans -- two of whom are new to state politics -- are vying for the lone GOP ballot slot for the special election. They 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;

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

The York County Republican Committee members representing the 28th District will hold a public meeting to select its nominee at 7 p.m. Thursday the Goodwill York Township Fire Co., 2318 S. Queen St.

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