There's no election on the calendar, but Allegheny County Democrats have a date to nominate their candidate for the 42nd District House seat previously held by soon-to-be-Sen. Matt Smith.
Smith resigned his House seat Nov. 30 after winning the 37th District Senate seat formerly held by John Pippy, a Republican. Smith ran concurrently for the two seats.
The speaker of the House will call a special election to fill the seat after members are sworn in, and the speaker is elected, on Jan. 1. County and state Democratic committee members living in the district are scheduled to vote on their candidate Dec. 16 in Mt. Lebanon.
"We usually try to get the nomination organized and the candidate chosen as quickly as possible," said Grant Gittlen, executive director of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.
As of this afternoon, no candidate had submitted a letter of intent, which they must do to secure a spot on the ballot. But this story by politics editor James O'Toole names former Mr. Lebanon commissioner Dan Miller as a candidate for the party's nomination.