Prominent Evansville Democrat Rick Borries Dies

ALO is saddened to hear of the passing of a great Democrat and our good friend Rick Borries. Our very best wishes to his family. He was a nice man who could always be counted on to tell you the truth.The Evansville Courier-Journal reports:

Rick Borries, a prominent figure in local politics, died early this morning at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was 66.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Annie Groves said Borries died at 12:22 a.m. of what appears to be natural causes, though an autopsy will be conducted, she said. He had been taken to St. Mary’s by ambulance earlier.

Borries, who was working as director of external affairs for AT&T in Southwestern Indiana, was a member of the Vanderburgh County Board of Public Safety and a four-term former Vanderburgh County Commissioner.

Borries ran as the Democratic candidate for mayor of Evansville in 1999, but was defeated by Russ Lloyd Jr.

“It’s a devastating loss to all of us who knew Rick for so long. He was full of energy,” said Mark Owen, chairman of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party.

Owen said some sort of tribute would be made to Borries at tonight’s Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, an annual event at The Centre.

Borries grew up in Evansville. He was a former high school teacher, assistant principal and was supervisor of Social Studies and District Resource/Curriculum Supervisor for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. when he ran for mayor.

Most touching is the blog commentary on the Courier-Journal’s website has many remembrances from his students.

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