Daniel Vovak, who made a name for himself campaigning in a white wig, died Saturday at a Rockville hospice, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Vovak sought the Republican nomination for county executive in 2010, losing to Douglas Rosenfeld. He has previously sought other positions including U.S. senator in both Maryland and Illinois. He was a at-large member of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.
He gained the nickname "The Wig Man" because of the white wig he wore at every public function. Eventually, Vovak gave up the hairpiece but wanted to keep a variation of the name. He adopted the nickname "The Whig Man," in a move to identify with the GOP's roots.
Vovak announced he was fighting cancer in December on his blog, Montgomery County Daily.