OAKLAND, Md. (AP)- A candidate who died while seeking re-election to the Garrett County Commissioners has lost the race.
County election officials say they'll count write-in votes Thursday to determine whether any of three Republicans got enough support to beat the 2,603 votes cast for Democrat Bill Welch.
The late Republican incumbent Dennis Glotfelty received 1,755 votes even though he died of lung cancer 12 days before the election.
Glotfelty's name stayed on the ballot because the county's Republican Central Committee said there wasn't enough time to appoint a successor.
The committee first urged people to vote for Glotfelty with the prospect of an appointed successor after the election. It later endorsed write-in candidate Bob Gatto, the runner-up in the GOP primary.
Glotfelty's family said that was what Glotfelty wanted.