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KINGMAN, Ariz. -- Mohave County officials say an election will decide who takes over the county supervisor seat left vacant following Joy Brotherton's death.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports that the Arizona Association of Counties said state law requires a general election be held if a vacancy occurs within the first two years of a term and before the nomination deadline.

County Supervisor Buster Johnson said the board will appoint a resident from District 4 to serve until the November election.

The AAC said with the deadline for nominating petition signatures next Wednesday, candidates may also run as write-ins.

The winning candidate would serve out the remaining two years of Brotherton's term.

Brotherton died Monday after being hospitalized for a blood infection.

The 74-year-old was elected to the board in 2012.

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Information from: Kingman Daily Miner, http://www.kingmandailyminer.com

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