ANNVILLE, Pa. - Republicans have chosen a prosecutor to run for the seat formerly held by four-term Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer, who resigned last month after being arrested on child pornography charges.

Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold easily outpaced four other candidates during Saturday's nomination conference at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, receiving 50 votes out of 72 cast.

Democrats are expected to choose their candidate Sunday for the January 14 special election to represent the commonwealth's heavily Republican 48th Senate District.

Folmer resigns after arrest in child porn possession case

Mike Folmer's official Senate photo, left, and his booking photo, right

Authorities allege that they found two images of child pornography on Folmer's cell phone. The state attorney general's office said it was acting on a tip from a social media website.

Folmer, who hasn't commented on his arrest, waived his preliminary hearing Friday. His resignation left the 50-seat Senate with a 27-22 Republican majority.

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