by Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has set the date for a special election to fill the Congressional seat now left vacant by the resignation of Chaka Fattah.READ MORE: Dozens Of Mom-And-Pop Shops In Manayunk Prepare For Small Business Saturday
Governor Wolf made the announcement less than two weeks after Congressman Fattah resigned from office.
“Governor Wolf issued what is called a Writ of Election, setting a date of November 8th 2016, for a special election to fill the currently vacant 2nd Congressional District, and November 8th is the same date as the general election,” said the Governor’s spokesman Jeff Sheridan.READ MORE: Stray Bullet Kills Man Eating Thanksgiving Dinner Inside Norristown Home, Police Say
Sheridan says one of the main factors in determining the date was how much money it would cost.
“Holding a special election on a different date than the general election, at this point, would have cost taxpayers well over $1.2 million and we didn’t want to have them have to foot that bill. So holding it on the same day as the general election means the cost will be negligible or no cost at all,” he said.
Congressman Chaka Fattah, an 11-term congressman, resigned his seat on June 23rd after being convicted on 22 counts that included racketeering conspiracy, bribery, and fraud.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Sets New Record With 501st Homicide In Single Year After Man Killed In East Mount Airy
His sentencing is scheduled for October.