- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The wife of a North Carolina legislative candidate who died over the weekend will serve his two-year term if he wins Tuesday.

The state Democratic Party announced Democratic leaders in a coastal House district voted unanimously Monday to make Tess Judge the nominee. Judge is the widow of Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge, who died on Saturday. The party’s news release quotes Warren Judge’s campaign manager as saying Tess Judge accepted the nomination.

Warren Judge had been running against another Dare County commissioner, Republican Beverly Boswell, and his name will remain on the ballot.

Current Rep. Paul Tine decided not to seek re-election this year to the 6th House District covering Beaufort, Dare, Hyde and Washington counties. Tine is the only registered unaffiliated legislator in the General Assembly.

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