U.S. House candidate Mark Sweeney dies unexpectedly

Eastern U.S. House District candidate Mark Sweeney died at home on Friday night. The former Deer Lodge County commissioner and current Democratic state legislator had campaigned the day before.

Sweeney’s family broke the news Saturday morning. He was 62.

“Today, our hearts ache as we are informing family and friends of the tragic passing of Mark Sweeney, a beloved father, husband and public servant to the people of Montana. While our sadness and despair weigh on all of us, our spirits remain as bright as the twinkle in Mark’s eye with our love for him. Whether he be hunting, fishing, skiing or working on a farm or ranch, we will always treasure the enduring optimism, hope and love Mark brought to all of our lives and the people around him.

“To our extended family and our so many friends throughout Montana and around the world, please understand that Mark left us with love, humor and resilient passion to help other people. It is with great sadness and with immense respect, love and admiration for Mark Sweeney that we now live without him. We appreciate the privacy that people will extend to our family as we both mourn and celebrate the life of Mark

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