A candidate for New Jersey town council died just two days after losing his election.
Kenneth Tahan, failed Tuesday in his bid to get on the Wayne Township Council, died Thursday following an earlier stroke, according to the North Jersey Record. He was 66.
“We are sorry to share the news of the passing of our Ward 4 Council candidate and, more importantly, friend Kenneth Tahan,” the Wayne Democratic Club wrote on Facebook.
“We share our deepest condolences with his wife Sharon, his children, and all who knew him.”
Tahan, who had three adult children, suffered a stroke on Oct. 30 and died while being treated at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, the Record said.
“Ken was a wonderful candidate, and a wonderful man,” the club’s president, Catherine Kazan, wrote in an email to club members, according to the paper. “We appreciate all he did to raise awareness in his community in his final months.”
Tahan had placed second at the polls in a race to represent the 4th Ward against incumbent Republican Joseph Scuralli, who won by 351 votes, the Record said.
“Politics is in my blood, as my father brought up politics at every supper, every day,” he wrote in an election flier, calling himself a “lifelong Progressive Democrat.”
Funeral arrangements are pending, the reports says.
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