Local Matters

RCAC’s statement on the conferee process for the 37th Senatorial Seat

As a result of the November 6, 2018 General Election, Guy Reschenthaler is now the Republican member-elect for Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. We congratulate Guy on his hard-fought and well-deserved win, and we look forward to working with him as he represents Western Pennsylvania and our conservative values in Congress.
Once Congressman-elect Reschenthaler resigns from his office in the Pennsylvania State Senate, the Chair of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, Val DiGorgio, will schedule a meeting of those committees within the 37th Senatorial District (including those from Allegheny County) to select the Republican nominee for the special election that will be held to fill that vacancy. Details about the date and location of that special committee meeting are not expected to be made until early 2019. However, several of you have asked how the Allegheny County conferees for this meeting will be selected. Consequently, I am sending out this notice to explain that process.
Rule 4.2(b) of the RCAC Bylaws sets forth the process by which the Allegheny County conferees for a multi-county meeting are determined. Under Rule 4.2(b), the RCAC Chair and the Local Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs, to the extent they exist, are given the authority to select the conferees. As many of you know, Raja has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for this office. I have reviewed the bylaws for both the RCAC and Republican State Committee, and although there is nothing in either of them which requires him to do so, Raja is fully delegating his authority under RCAC Rule 4.2(b) to select conferees for this upcoming committee meeting to David Majernik, the RCAC Vice-Chair.