Independence candidate sues after election winner’s death | Elections
Pro-independence candidate sues to keep seat after election winner dies
INDEPENDENCE — Independence City Councilman Mike Huff is suing to keep his seat on council after one of the winning candidates died shortly after the election.
Huff was one of four candidates who ran for two council seats in the April 5 election. He came in third, behind councilman Karen DeLuccie and newcomer Jared Fears.
DeLuccie died of cancer on April 12, the same day the election results were certified.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Huff said the Jackson County Board of Elections and the city clerk of Independence should not have certified DeLuccie as the winner because she was incapacitated by her illness, reported. the Kansas City Star.
Huff argues that he should be declared the winner of the second seat overall.
DeLuccie’s family said after his death that his prognosis for lung cancer in early February was positive. But after a CT scan on April 7, two days after the election, showed the treatments hadn’t worked, she decided to stop treatment and spend time with her family.
Sara Zorich, director of the Jackson County Board of Elections, said the city will have to decide how to proceed.
The city council is expected to vote next week on whether to hold a special election.