DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WCTI/WVEC) -- House District 6 Democratic candidate Warren Judge III has passed away, officials announced Sunday morning.

Judge fell ill earlier this week and was transported to a hospital in Virginia, according to his Facebook page.

Judge was married with four children and spent the last 16 years as a county commissioner in Dare County and wanted to take his political passion to Raleigh. He was a small business owner partnering with his wife and lived in Kitty Hawk.

Dare County had been asked by the family of Judge to share this statement following his passing:

Our hearts are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Warren C. Judge III. We are grateful for, and comforted by, all of Warren’s friends and supporters in Dare County, which he loved so dearly. It was one of the greatest honors of Warren’s life to serve as a Dare County Commissioner for the past sixteen years."

"We are also grateful for Warren’s many new friends and supporters he made throughout NC House District 6 over the past year. Warren was looking forward to the opportunity to serve all of the citizens of House District 6 in the NC General Assembly.

"We are immensely grateful for everyone’s prayers and words of comfort during this difficult time."

Judge's name is still on the ballot for Tuesday's election. The Republican nominee is Beverly Boswell. District 6 covers Beaufort and parts of Hyde and Washington counties along with Dare County.

Boswell released this statement on her campaign's Facebook page Sunday morning:

Warren Judge will be forever known for his honesty, integrity and commitment to public service. While we disagreed often on issues, no one could ever question his commitment to Dare County and his desire to fight for what he believed in. May God give his family comfort in these difficult times. He will be missed."

Dare County mourns the passing of Commissioner Warren Judge