(AP) — Former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay has died after battling prostate
cancer. He was 77.
Whittington, a spokeswoman to current Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, says the
mayor received a telephone call from Clay's family saying he died Tuesday.
says the cause of death isn't confirmed but it comes two years after Clay
dropped a re-election bid because of the cancer. He said at the time that
cancer treatments and a political campaign do not mix.
stalwart in heavily Democratic Lake County, he became the county
Democratic chairman in 2005, and party leaders appointed him mayor in
2006. He was elected to a full term the following year. He was elected to
the Indiana Senate in 1972, serving one term, and won election to other
Lake County offices