HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a western Pennsylvania state House district will pick a representative to fill what is now a vacant seat during the May 18 primary.

Speaker Bryan Cutler announced Tuesday the special election to replace Westmoreland County Republican Rep. Mike Reese, who died Jan. 2.

Colleagues say the 42-year-old Reese died at a hospital of an apparent brain aneurysm about a month after publicly disclosing he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The parties will pick the candidates in what has been a reliably Republican district.

Reese had served in the House since 2008.