Wednesday, 4 November 2020

North Dakota legislature candidate who died from COVID-19 wins election

David Andahl died of COVID-19 in early October. He still won his election Tuesday in North Dakota.

Republican David Andahl on Tuesday won a seat in the North Dakota  state legislature for District 8 about a month after he died from COVID-19, according to reports.

David Andahl, 55, died on Oct. 5 after he had been sick with COVID-19. His mother, Pat Andahl, told The Bismarck Tribune that her son had been hospitalized with the coronavirus disease and died after being sick for about four days.

Andahl and fellow District 8 House candidate Dave Nehring won the  Republicans endorsements and voters’ nominations in the June primary.  Nehring was also elected to represent District 8 on Tuesday, according  to USA Today.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's opinion back in October said if  Andahl was elected to the post, the office would be deemed vacant. Under  state law, a committee representing the party of the previous  office-holder would fill the opening by appointment.

In October, Secretary of State Al Jaeger agreed and said it was too  late to remove Andahl from the ballot. Early voting had begun up to two  weeks before his death.

Andahl and Nething knocked off one of North Dakota’s most powerful  lawmakers, Republican Rep. Jeff Delzer, chairman of the House  Appropriations Committee. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, gave more than $1.8 million to a political action committee that  successfully targeted Delzer’s seat.

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in North Dakota have been  rising in recent weeks. Hospitals in the state may cut back on elective  surgeries and seek government aid to hire more nurses if things get  worse, North Dakota Hospital Association president Tim Blasl said on  Monday.

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