Republican John Pippy, a former Pennsylvania state senator whose 37th District included all of Whitehall Borough, is the new chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The PA Coal Alliance represents the political interests of multiple coal companies. It was formed after a merger of The Pennsylvania Coal Association and Families Organized to Represent the Coal Economy (FORCE).
Questions remain regarding which Democrat will face Republican D. Raja in November's general election to fill Pippy's seat. Greg Parks was expected to run against Raja, but Parks has dropped out of the race.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley must decide if there should be a special election before November for an interim state senator or if Pippy's seat should remain empty until after the general election.
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