Late state representative re-elected: what comes next?

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DEADWOOD, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Tuesday night the late "Chuck" Turbiville and Timothy Johns won the House seat for District 31, but what happens next when one of the winners has already passed away?

Chuck Turbiville died last month from a stroke, but his name stayed on the 2018 midterm election ballot.

State law says if there is a vacancy in the South Dakota State Legislature, the governor is responsible for appointing a replacement.

Governor Dennis Daugaard's office said back in October if Turbiville was re-elected, the newly-elected governor, in this case Kristi Noem, would appoint his replacement.

Noem says at this time she does not have someone in mind.

Kristi Noem, Republican South Dakota governor-elect, says, "Not particularly. I know there are people that have expressed interest. I would want to talk to folks in the community, community leaders, and make sure that it is someone that represents the district and their priorities, someone that the community would support."

Turbiville's replacement would serve in the State House during the 2019 and 2020 term.