By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Voters in Pennsylvania are choosing party nominees for state legislative races and in some areas, they’ll also be voting for candidates who’ll serve the unexpired terms of lawmakers who’ve resigned.

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There are several special elections to fill vacancies in the state House, and among the most closely watched will be in the 153rd District, where voters will select a successor to Montgomery County Commissioner Joshua Shapiro, and in Philadelphia’s 169th, where voters will pick a replacement for City Councilman Dennis O’Brien.

There are also several hotly contested Democratic primary races for state House in the city.

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Among them is the 180th, where incumbent Angel Cruz faces two challengers: Jonathan Ramos, a retired police officer who narrowly lost to Cruz two years ago, and social worker Anthony Johnson.

In the 188th, James Roebuck – the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee — is being challenged by tuition-voucher advocate Fatimah Muhammad.

And in the 182nd, incumbent Babette Josephs is being challenged by her former campaign treasurer Brian Sims.

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