Thursday, November 8, 2018
Dennis Hof, the owner of several brothels in the state of Nevada, was found dead the morning of October 16 after celebrating his 72nd birthday with friends and politcal comrades. Officials are still determining his cause of death, but they do not suspect foul play.
Hof was running for Nevada's 36th Assembly District as a Republican against Democratic educator Lesia Romanov, and ultimately won the seat. The district is one that is regularly held as a Republican and touches both California and Utah and includes the Nevada National Security Site where nuclear weapons were once tested. Due to his passing being so close to the election his name remained on the ballot. County officials will appoint a Republican to take his place in the seat.
He had run for office in 2016 as a Libertarian, but ultimately lost. After revamping himself as a Trump-style Republican, Hof earned backing from Trump associate Roger Stone and tax-cut activist Grover Norquist.
See Associate Press, Dennis Hof, the Brothel Owner who Died Last Month, Wins Election, NBC News, November 7, 2018.