The South Dakota state secretary says it’s too late to remove the name of a House candidate from the ballot due to his death.
John Koch’s name remains on the Nov. 6 general election ballot for House District 19. A published obituary says the 72-year-old Koch died last Friday of a pulmonary embolism during a family visit to Texas.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says if Koch wins, a replacement would be named by the governor.
Koch was running as a Democrat for one of the district’s two House seats, which are currently held by Republicans Kyle Schoenfish and Kent Peterson.