A Nevada brothel owner who passed away all of a sudden last month won the Assembly District 36 seat, which will now be filled by another Republican designated by the Nye County Commission.
Dennis Hof bested Democratic opponent Lesia Romanov with 62 percent of the vote.
Hof project supervisor Chuck Muth, who was enjoying the outcomes at the Bunny Ranch bar in Mound Home, stated the win is bittersweet, as he wanted Hof could be around to celebrate with him.
“I have actually never remained in a project like this with the things they tossed at Dennis– it was everything and the kitchen area sink,” Muth stated. “Unsubstantiated accusations of sexual attack came out … then all the Republicans that came out that weren’t going to support him. It was a harsh project, and we want he was here to enjoy it, however we’re going to do shots and try to enjoy it for him.”
Hof was found dead Oct. 16 at his Love Ranch South brothel simply beyond Pahrump two days after celebrating his 72nd birthday. However, by law, his name remained on the ballot.
Once the results are accredited, an advertisement will be published online, in papers and at county structures seeking individuals thinking about filling the vacancy.
Candidates must live in District 36, that includes Nye County and parts of Clark and Lincoln counties, and be members of the Republican politician Party.
The commissions from the 3 counties will each nominate a prospect and then satisfy together to name an appointee. However by law, each county’s vote is proportional to its population within the district, implying Nye County, with 64 percent, will make the final decision.
Hof’s camp expects Nye County Republican Central Committee Chairman Joe Burdzinski to be designated to the seat, as the 2 were close friends and shared political views.
Muth is concerned officials might appoint commission members who had contentious relationships with Hof, deriving from problems connected to regulating Hof’s Love Ranch South brothel in Crystal.
Muth does not want James Oscarson, who Hof bested in the main, to be selected.
“If they try to designate Oscarson, it’s just going to continue the divide in that district. It’s going to be full-scale war.”
Romanov wasn’t right away available for comment.
Although uncommon, instances of prospects winning an election after their death are not unprecedented.
Significantly in 2002, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan won a U.S. Senate race after passing away in an aircraft crash three weeks prior to the election. His spouse, Jean Carnahan, filled the seat.