HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Thursday set May 21st as the date of a special election in the Commonwealth’s 12th Congressional District.

That seat became vacant Wednesday, January 23rd, when Rep. Tom Marino (R-12th)  left public service for a private business. Marino, who’s not said whom he will work for, announced his decision to step down shortly after his relection in November.

In a tweet Thursday morning Wolf said “Having heard the concerns of county officials, I am scheduling the special election to fill the remainder of Congressman Marino’s term on May 21, 2019 to coincide with the primary election.”

Many county officials had voiced concerns about the cost of having to pay for the regularly scheduled primary election as well as the added cost of a separate election for the empty Congressional seat.