CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia legislative candidate will remain on Tuesday's ballot following his death in superstorm Sandy. A son of John Rose Sr. says a falling tree limb killed the 60-year-old Tuesday afternoon as he checked fences on his Barbour County deer farm. Rose was a Republican running in the 47th House of Delegates district. His death triggers a special write-in candidate filing period. Those interested in becoming write-in candidates must file with the Secretary of State's office by 5 p.m. Thursday.
But voters can also still choose Rose. If he were to win, the governor would appoint one of three replacements recommended by a GOP committee. Rose was challenging House Education Chair Mary Poling, a Democrat. Just over 930 county voters had cast early in-person or absentee ballots by Wednesday.