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Special election to replace Adams in northeast Pa. House seat set for primary election day

By: - February 12, 2024 5:17 pm
The exterior of the Pennsylvania state Capitol on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

The exterior of the Pennsylvania state Capitol. (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

A special election to fill former state Rep. Joe Adams’ 139th District seat will coincide with the primary election on April 23, House Speaker Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) announced Monday.

Adams (R-Wayne/Pike), who was serving his first term in the state House, announced his retirement on Friday. Adams had previously said he would not seek reelection after receiving medical news that required him to focus his priority on taking care of his family.

The special election will be the eighth of this legislative session following one on Tuesday to replace former Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks) who resigned his 140th District seat after he was elected to a district judge position in November.

Adams’ resignation gives Democrats a razor-thin 101-100 majority going into Tuesday’s special election in the 140th. Depending who wins, the House could be tied once again at 101-101 or the Democrats could have a two-vote advantage when the lower chamber returns to session next month. Democrat Jim Prokopiak is facing Republican Candace Cabanas for the seat in a district that leans blue in purple suburban Bucks County.

The 140th race had attracted national attention, as it appeared control of the Pennsylvania House would hang in the balance. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee invested $50,000 into the House Democratic Caucus in late January.


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Peter Hall
Peter Hall

Peter Hall has been a journalist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 20 years, most recently covering criminal justice and legal affairs for The Morning Call in Allentown. His career at local newspapers and legal business publications has taken him from school board meetings to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and many points of interest between. He earned a degree in journalism from Susquehanna University.