THOMPSON FALLS — A candidate for the position of public administrator in Sanders County died after the ballots were printed, meaning the incumbent will win unless someone mounts a successful write-in campaign.
Elections administrator Jennine Robbins says 66-year-old Ron Olfert of Plains died on Oct. 19, leaving incumbent Beth Rice-Groshong as the apparent winner.
Robbins said that even if Olfert receives more votes, Rice-Groshong will retain the position unless someone declares their intention to run as a write-in candidate. The deadline to do so is 5 p.m. the day before the Nov. 6 general election. No one had filed a declaration as of Monday afternoon.
Robbins says the public administrator is a non-salaried position that handles the estates of people who die without any relatives.