Pennsylvania State Representative Was Re-Elected Despite Having Died Last Month

He should have come in dead last, but no, he came in first place. A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who died last month was still re-elected on Tuesday.

Tony DeLuca, a Democrat, died of lymphoma on October 9, which was too late for the ballots to be changed. DeLuca was 85 years old.

DeLuca, who had been in the state legislature for 39 years, beat the Green Party’s candidate, Queonia “Zarah” Livingston, with more than 85% of the vote in his heavily Democratic district in Allegheny County.

In a tweet, Pennsylvania House Democrats said, “While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously. A special election will follow soon.”

A local reporter said that people in DeLuca’s district might have voted for him anyway to keep third-party candidate Livingston from being elected.

Some folks commenting that the voters here were oblivious,” Charlie Wolfson of PublicSourcePA wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “Some certainly were. But for others, they likely preferred the idea of a special election over electing the third-party candidate on the ballot.”

No disrespect for the dead, but perhaps there should be an age cap on running for Congress, the Senate, and even the president.  And let’s not forget about the Justices on the Supreme Court.  It seems like the majority of the candidates are far past their prime.  Just something to think about.  It’s still interesting to see him win even though he was a Democrat.  It’s too bad he was not around to celebrate.


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