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Former Alabama Democratic Party chair and Secretary of State Nancy Worley dead at 70

Former Alabama Democratic Party chairwoman and Secretary of State Nancy Worley died Wednesday morning at age 70.

According to reports, Worley for weeks had been receiving medical treatment, including life support, at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery.

Worley, a retired educator, served nearly three decades in the Decatur City Schools system and was a two-term president of the Alabama Education Association (AEA). She would go on to serve as Alabama’s 50th secretary of state from 2003 to 2007.

Worley in 2013 was elected as chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party, a position in which she served until 2019.

Current Alabama Democratic Party chairman State Rep. Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa) took to social media Wednesday afternoon to react to Worley’s passing.

“We are saddened to learn of Ms. Worley’s passing. In addition to being a lifetime advocate for public education, educators, and a former President of the Alabama Education Association, Worley was elected and served as Alabama’s Secretary of State,” stated England. “Ms. Worley was a great and loyal Alabama Democrat who cared deeply about the Alabama Democratic Party and the people of this state. She served the Alabama Democratic Party for decades in various roles, including as a state committee representative, vice-chair, and as a DNC member.”

England concluded, “Nancy Worley was a true public servant and a great Democrat with a heart for the people. She will be sorely missed, and we offer our condolences to her friends and family.”

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL