ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Eureka County Commissioner Patrick Dempsey has died.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports Dempsey died on Saturday after recently being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
A Republican, Dempsey was elected to the District 3 seat in November when he defeated incumbent Mike Page with 58 percent of the vote. His age was not immediately available.
Dempsey was a Reno native who had ranched for 50 years and also owned a construction firm. He is survived by his wife, Julie.
Eureka County Assessor Mike Mears, a member of the county's GOP Central Committee, said Dempsey will be missed. He said his death was "very quick, very sad."
The central committee will compile a list of recommended persons to fill the vacant seat and Gov. Brian Sandoval ultimately will make the appointment.
Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com
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