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LARAMIE (WNE) — Laramie defense attorney Tony Lopez, who was running as a Republican for Albany County Attorney against incumbent Peggy Trent, died Tuesday.

He was 65.

Because ballots have already been printed, Lopez’s name will still appear.

However, the Albany County Republican Party still has an option to name a successor by filing a successor with the County Clerk’s Office.

That replacement would need to be written in on ballots by electors. Votes cast for Lopez would not count toward a replacement nominee.

If a successor is named, the relevant information will be posted at all election locations.

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Clerk Jackie Gonzales said this is the first time in her 28-year tenure a candidate appearing on the ballot died before election day.

Trent said Tuesday she was “very saddened” to hear of Lopez’s death.

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