Candidate killed in storm; felled by tree in West Virginia
This is sad; regardless of how I might differ with the candidate he was still trying to serve the public by running for office.
A West Virginia state legislative candidate was killed by a falling tree in the intense snowstorm that Sandy swept over the region, and election officials said it is too late to remove his name from Tuesday’s ballot.
John Rose, 60, a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates, was the fifth person killed in West Virginia when Sandy dumped up to 3 feet of snow on the Mountain State.
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said her thoughts and prayers are with the family of Rose, a Barbour County House of Delegates candidate.
A sign will be posted at precincts advising voters of Rose’s death, according to state election officials, but there is not enough time to take his name off the ballot and substitute a new candidate.
If he receives the most votes, the GOP executive committee of Barbour County will submit three names to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, who will make an appointment.