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Joe McGoogan dies after winning election to Clermont Town Council
Councilman-elect, 71, suffers heart attack 2 days after victory
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Joe McGoogan

Two days after winning the Clermont Town Council seat, Joe McGoogan died Thursday morning, according to Clermont officials. He was 71.

Clermont Mayor James Nix confirmed McGoogan’s death Friday afternoon.

Kim Cantrell, McGoogan’s daughter, said her father suffered a heart attack Thursday morning and died before making it to the hospital.

“They tried everything that they could to revive him, but his heart was too weak,” she said.

The 71-year-old had received a call that morning from Clermont Town Council about when his training would be, Cantrell said. McGoogan suffered the heart attack shortly after the call, she said.

McGoogan defeated Jimmy McDonald in Tuesday’s election with 71 percent of the vote for an at-large seat on the council. Nix said the council is figuring out how to fill McGoogan’s seat.

“We’ll have to go through the process ... and try and get that done for a March election,” Nix said. “That’s what we’re trying to work through right now.”

The death of her father was “totally unexpected,” Cantrell said, after he conducted a clean stress test a few months ago.

She said she will remember her father as a strong man who had opposed alcohol sales in Clermont.

“People heard him and encouraged him to run. I would say he most likely prayed about it and decided to do it,” Cantrell said on her father’s decision to run for Town Council.

A March 1 election has already been set to replace Clermont Town Councilman John Brady, whose term representing Ward 2 ends Dec. 31. Filling that post normally would have taken place in Tuesday’s election but no one qualified to run.

Qualifying for the Ward 2 seat is set for Jan. 11-13 at Town Hall, 109 King St., according to an ordinance approved Tuesday night by the council. The fee is $43.20.

Voting will take place at Concord Baptist Church, 640 Main St.