GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Eight people have submitted applications for a vacant House seat after Gillette Republican Rep. Roy Edwards died from COVID-19 on Nov. 2, the day before the general election.

The Gillette New Record reported that Chris Knapp, Tom Murphy, Thomas Rothenbuehler, Nichole Shelstad, Joshua Dillinger, Joel Marquiss, Terry Sjolin and Kimberly Zehner have put their names forward as potential replacements.

Officials say applicants must be Republican, at least 21 years old and live in House District 53, which includes Gillette. The Republican precinct committee is scheduled to select three finalists on Thursday.

The finalists’ names will then be forwarded to the Campbell County Commission, which will select Edwards’ replacement.

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