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ExGary Mayor Rudy Clay dies after battling cancer

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GARY, Ind. (AP) Former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay has died after battling prostate cancer. He was 77.

Chelsea Whittington, a spokeswoman to current Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, says the mayor received a telephone call from Clay's family saying he died Tuesday.

Whittington 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.

A political 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


Posted 6/4/2013