Candidate dies after ballots printed

2012-10-30T08:54:00Z Candidate dies after ballots printedThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 30, 2012 8:54 am  • 

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.

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