Ben Ranck is the third Republican to announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination for state representative in the 85th District.

“For the past nine years I’ve worked hand-in-hand with Fred Keller to learn and build relationships throughout the district and I’ll continue the outstanding work he’s done in Harrisburg and throughout our district,” Ranck said.

Fred Keller, who represented the district since 2010, was elected to Congress in a special election last month. He resigned his state house seat and will be sworn-in to the federal position on Monday.

Ranck worked as Keller's district office manager for seven years and as Constituent Outreach Coordinator for the past two years.

A fiscal and social conservative, Ranck said he intends to continue his work to build and strengthen our communities as a state representative.

“I’ll represent the values of the citizens of Snyder and Union counties in Harrisburg and work to bring economic development and jobs to the district,” said Ranck. Additionally, he said, “I’ll help fight the opioid epidemic that is destroying so many lives.”

Two other Republicans, Selinsgrove resident Darwin Swope and East Buffalo Township Supervisor David Rowe are also seeking the nomination.

Selinsgrove physician Jennifer Rager-Kay and Lewisburg pharmacist Adam Rosinski are seeking the Democratic nomination.

The two parties will select a nominee in June and an Aug. 20 special election will be held to fill the state seat.