Representative Tom Killion (R-168) has earned the unanimous support of conferees to serve as the Republican candidate in the upcoming special election to fill the vacancy in the 9th Senate District. Republican Party conferees from Delaware and Chester Counties selected Killion as the party’s nominee at a conferee meeting held Jan. 7 at the Concordville Inn in Concord Township.
Lt. Gov. Michael Stack announced on Wednesday that the special election in the 9th Senate District will take place on the same day as the primary election, Tuesday, April 26.
“I’m running because I think I will have a stronger voice in the legislature as one of 50 members of the Senate as opposed to one of 203 members of the State House of Representatives,” said Killion in a press release. “As a member of the Senate, I will side with working families in opposing Governor Wolf’s proposals to hike the state sales and personal income taxes. I will fight for common sense liquor and pension reform that has been blocked by special interests. And I will work to ensure our schools are properly funded with a fair and equitable education funding formula.”
“While we are still in the early stages of the campaign, I am thrilled with the outpouring of support that I have already received,” said Killion. “I'm ready to hit the ground running with the opening of a campaign office in the next few weeks, a coordinated volunteer effort, and many events already on the schedule.”
“I have known Tom for many years and he is a smart, highly effective leader,” said Andrew Reilly, Chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party. “He has an extensive record of involvement with local community and charitable organizations, he’s a small business owner who founded two local businesses, and has local government experience as the former Chairman of Delaware County Council. His background and experience will make him a great advocate in the Senate for local residents.”
“Tom is a strong candidate with a proven record of fighting proposed tax hikes, working to attract businesses and create jobs, and protecting open space,” said Val DiGiorgio, Chairman of the Chester County Republican Committee. “In the House, Tom has been a leader on a number of high profile issues, including medical malpractice reform, pension reform, and liquor privatization, to name a few. He will make an excellent Senator.”
When a special election is called to fill a vacant House or Senate seat that spans multiple counties, the Republican Party bylaws call for a conferee meeting to be held to select the Republican Party’s nominee in the special election. Each county is allocated a specific number of conferees based on the electoral results of the 2012 Presidential race. The conferees to select a nominee in the 9th Senate District consisted of a total of 61 conferees -- 26 from Chester County and 35 from Delaware County. Conferees must be registered Republican electors that reside in the 9th Senatorial District.