LANSING, Mich. — 80-year-old Jerry Stephens died Tuesday night, while seeking re-election for mayor of the East Tennessee town. It happened when the race was still considered active.
The county’s deputy administration of elections said that if Stephens wins posthumously, a city commissioner will be appointed mayor.
To fill the seat until a new mayor is sworn in, Vice Mayor Joe Jenkins as per the city charter.
Stephens had served the city for more than 30 years and was a longtime member of the Lion’s Club, 911 Board, and Coats for Kids.
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