DES MOINES, Wash. (AP) — A candidate who died in August won election Tuesday to a water district commission in Des Moines with 71 percent of the vote.

King County election results show 318 votes for John Rosentangle and 129 votes for write-in candidates.

Rosentangle’s name was the only one on the ballot for the position.

Officials did not have time to remove it after the 63-year-old died of an illness, according to multiple sources.

Officials in King County Water District 54 had hoped a write-in candidate would win. Now they’ll have to follow procedures for filling a vacant seat.

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