MARYSVILLE — Kevin Gallagher, a banking executive and candidate for Marysville City Council, has died.
Gallagher, 52, passed away of natural causes Wednesday at home in Marysville, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
At the time of his death, Gallagher was challenging City Councilmember Tom King.
King, who is seeking a second term, said he met his opponent twice, both times at candidate forums.
“He seemed quiet and reserved but very passionate about it,” he said. “It is so unfortunate to happen to someone so young who wanted to be involved in this community.”
Gallagher and his wife moved to Marysville from Alaska 18 years ago, according to his candidate statement. He worked as a a political consultant and bank branch manager with a specialization in small business development. In his spare time, Gallagher ran marathons, according to the statement.
Gallagher’s name will remain on ballots mailed this week.
Voters can still cast their ballots for him, Snohomish County Auditor Garth Fell said.
If Gallagher receives the most votes and gets certified as the winner, the city of Marysville would be responsible for determining how to fill the position, Fell said.