The parties will pick the candidates in what has been a reliably Republican district.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a western Pennsylvania state House district will pick a representative to fill what is now a vacant seat during the May 18 primary, Speaker Bryan Cutler announced Tuesday.

The opening is due to the death Jan. 2 of Rep. Mike Reese, a Republican out of Westmoreland County.

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Colleagues said Reese, 42, died at a hospital of an apparent brain aneurysm about a month after publicly disclosing he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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The parties will pick the candidates in what has been a reliably Republican district.

Reese had been chosen to serve as House Republican caucus chairman for the 2021-22 session that has just gotten underway. He had served in the House since 2008.

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