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November 4, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Federal Way state House Rep. Roger Freeman is winning re-election despite dying six days ago

Roger Freeman, a Democratic state representative from Federal Way, appeared headed for victory Tuesday despite dying six days ago.

Tuesday’s ballot results put Freeman, a first-term incumbent for the 30th legislative district that spans parts of King and Pierce Counties, ahead by six percentage points over his Republican challenger, Jack Dovey.Federal Way Rep. Roger Freeman died at age 48. From .gov website.

Freeman’s apparent victory leaves a decision for filling the vacant House seat to the King and Pierce County Councils, which must jointly appoint a Democrat to replace Freeman for one year. Freeman’s replacement will be chosen from three nominees put forward by Democratic Party officials in the 30th District.  A special election would be set next year for voters to decide on a candidate to fill out the final year of the two-year House term.

Freeman, 48, a public defender and former Federal Way City Council member, died Wednesday morning after a long battle with colon cancer. He is survived by a wife and two children.

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