EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — From Your Local Election Headquarters, Tuesday’s special election to fill the 27th District State Senate Seat is the first of four legislative races to be decided in the next two weeks.

Two female candidates are vying for the seat which was vacated by Republican Senator John Gordner last November. Gordner held the position since 2003.

Republican Lynda Schlegel Culver is facing off against democrat Patricia Lawton in Tuesday’s special election. Several local counties in our region can vote in this election.

Eyewitness News spoke with both of the candidates about their platforms in this race. Lawton shared the goals of her campaign including strengthening the economy and protecting women’s rights. Meanwhile, Culver discussed the pillars of her platform including investing in infrastructure and generating local business.

“I’ve represented half of these communities already, I have roots in Columbia County because I went to school at Bloomsburg University, graduated from there, and helped cover some of their human services so I thought I’m going to offer the voters my experience, my cultivated relationships over the years, and their trust that I’ll be able to bring these communities together and strengthen them,” said Culver, (R) 27th Senatorial District Candidate.

“I’ve been somebody that’s championed the voices of others in our area, and I felt like this was just another way for me to serve, to bring the voices of the people in our region to Harrisburg, to maybe provide insight, especially around education and the barriers that our children growing up face,” said (D) 27th Senatorial District Candidate, Lawton.

We spoke with a political analyst who says on average they see a low number of voters participate in special elections. If you reside in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and parts of Luzerne County you’re able to cast your vote.

To find your polling place and polling place information you can visit the PA Voter Services website.