ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - The president of the Rochester City Council has won re-election -- even though he's been dead for four months.
The late Dennis Hanson won 51 percent of the vote Tuesday, defeating a challenger and a write-in candidate.
Hanson filed for re-election in May but died of a brain aneurysm in June. State law prohibited his name from being taken off the ballot. Hanson's supporters say they campaigned on his behalf to give voters a new election with a choice of candidates.
Rochester now will have a special election, likely in early April, to fill Hanson's seat.
John Eckerman, who led the Hanson campaign, tells the Post-Bulletin it was never about a "sympathy vote" but was instead about giving voters a choice.
Hanson had been council president since 2008.
- Minnesota ban on Sunday liquor sales may be lifted
- Local hospital expands suicide screening
- Onalaska mother, daughter charged with child neglect, animal mistreatment
- Onalaska authorities continue to search for man on the run
- 'Candy Man' agrees to surrender medical license
- Handful of rat virus cases seen in Wisconsin and Illinois
- Pocan compliments Trump before skipping inauguration
- Nebraska, Iowa Guard troops assigned inauguration duties
- E. Iowa man charged in death of woman killed by cannon
- Wisconsin unemployment rate drops to 4 percent in December