Columbia County elections board chairman dies

Monday, April 29, 2013 6:21 PM
Last updated Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:25 AM
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Lawrence C. “Larry” Long, 79, the chairman of the Columbia County Board of Elections, died Monday afternoon.

Long, a Republican appointee on the three-member board for 12 years , died at University Hospital a week after undergoing triple-bypass heart surgery, fellow board member Neal Johnson said.

“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 eight 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 the cause was – only the good Lord knows that.”

Funeral arrangements had not been announced Monday.

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Sweet son
Sweet son 04/30/13 - 10:36 am
Prayers go out to the Long family.

What a dedicated public servant!

GiantsAllDay 04/29/13 - 08:36 pm
Is it a secret how old he

Is it a secret how old he was?

SemperParatus 04/29/13 - 09:23 pm
What a wonderful man...

Larry Long was. I knew him for more than 40 years. My thoughts and prayers are with the Long family during this difficult time.

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