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Larry Long, elections chairman, died Monday

Posted: April 29, 2013 - 5:17pm  |  Updated: April 30, 2013 - 7:19am


Lawrence C. “Larry” Long, chairman of the Columbia County Board of Elections, died Monday afternoon. He was 79.

Long, a Republican appointee on the three-member board, passed away at University Hospital a week after undergoing triple-bypass heart surgery, said fellow board member Neal Johnson.

“We’re all deeply saddened,” said Johnson, the board’s Democratic appointee. “We’ve grown quite close. He was a dear and close friend.”

A Martinez resident, Long had served nearly 12 years on the board. In recent months its members had dealt with the difficulties of replacing long-time elections director Deborah Marshall, who retired after brain surgery, and in fighting proposed legislation that would have changed the way board members are appointed.

“It’s a terrible thing for us,” Johnson said. “It seems like our board has really caught it this year. ... I know he was excessively worried and concerned about the board, and I’m sure that didn’t help any. Nobody can say what they cause was – only the good Lord knows that.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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