Republicans lost one of the good guys this past week.
Former State Senator Ted Land passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 81.
True Public Servant
Mr. Land was a man that devoted his entire life to serving the public.
He was an old-school politician that actually took “representing” those that put him in office seriously.
Friends and family remembered him well in the moments after his death.
His cousin, Jack Land, who also served in local City Council, stated, “I think Ted would like to be remembered for his work as a public servant.”
“Ted was a very capable individual who worked hard for the people he served,” Mr. Land added.
Beating the Odds
Land won his first seat in the State Senate in rather dramatic fashion.
He was not actually on the ballot in his first election, but rather won as a write-in candidate.
Land would then serve in the Georgia Senate for more than a decade.
He first took office in 1979 and finished his last term in 1990.
Not Done Yet
After Land left the Georgia Senate, he went to work in the local political scene.
For a little more than two years, Ted Land was a member of the Columbus Council.
He treated that position just as seriously as he did his seat in the Senate.
Alton Russell, Chairman of the Columbus Republican Party, also remembered Land rather fondly.
“Ted really cared about the people he served,” Russell stated.
“He was sure to get a lot of opinions about issues on which he was voting and then made the decision he thought was best for this Columbus and the state,” Russell added.