Leaders of the York County Libertarian Party want to give voters in the 95th District an alternative to Democrats and Republicans in a special election for a state House seat.
But, first, they need to find a candidate.
Manuel Gomez, vice chairman of the Libertarian party, said he believes a Libertarian candidate could be competitive in the race. The 95th District, currently represented by state Rep. Eugene DePasquale, covers York City, North York, West York, Spring Garden Town-
ship and part of West Manchester Township.
"We definitely want to be a part of this special election," Gomez said. "The 95th District is not one that we want to leave in the balance."
If someone steps forward for the Libertarian ticket, that person would be vying for a seat soon to be vacated by DePasquale, who sought both re-election to the state House seat and election to the auditor general post in the November election.
Having won the auditor-general election, DePasquale will resign his House seat Jan. 15, triggering the need for a special election. The election has not yet been scheduled.
Nomination: To get on the ballot, anyone who steps forward as a Libertarian or other minor-party candidate will need to submit nominating papers with signatures totaling at least 2 percent of the number of votes DePasquale got in November's election for the House seat, said Ron Ruman, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State.
DePasquale received 16,804 votes, 2 percent of which is slightly more than 336.
A minor-party candidate's nominating papers would need to be submitted at least 50 days prior to the election, Ruman said. The special election will not be scheduled until after DePasquale officially resigns from his House seat, he said.
One candidate: So far, only one name has emerged as a potential replacement for DePasquale.
Kevin Schreiber, York City's director of economic and community development, is local Democrats' presumptive nominee. Schreiber was the only Democrat to submit a letter of intent for the party's candidacy, though three others had expressed interest in running.
Schreiber will participate in a public forum set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Crispus Attucks Center, 605 S. Duke St., York, to interview potential replacements for DePasquale.
Republicans are also looking for candidates to run in the 95th. They are accepting letters of interest, addressed to York County Republican Committee, 2453 Kingston Court, Suite 101, York 17402 or via email at email@example.com.
Local Libertarians had run a candidate in the November election for the 95th District, but DePasquale defeated David Moser with nearly 83 percent of the vote. Moser, who serves as the local party's chairman, is not planning to try again for the seat, Gomez said.
Gomez, a York City resident, said he will not enter the race as a Libertarian candidate because he is planning a bid for a city council seat.
Potential Libertarian candidates should contact Gomez at ManuelGomez@YorkLP.org.
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