Gary Ernst died Sept. 23 of natural causes. And apparently his death happened too close to the election to that they couldn’t remove his name from the ballot. This guy won by a six percent margin. Officials couldn’t put a disclaimer anywhere or something?
An Oceanside man who died of natural causes in September was elected to office in the coastal San Diego County city more than a month later, officials confirmed Wednesday.
Gary Ernst was elected to Oceanside City Treasurer by a six percent margin over challenger Nadine Scott. The election results are expected to be certified on December 7th by the city council.
City councilmembers can declare the seat vacant since the winner cannot physically take office, according to Oceanside’s City Attorney John Mullen. That will lead to either an appointment or a special election.