Democrat Activist Marvin Blount Dies

One of North Carolina's longtime Democratic activists is dead. Marvin Blount Junior of Greenville died Friday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 67.

Blount was a trial lawyer who ran briefly for the Senate in 1985. With a crowded field seeking the Democratic nomination, he bowed out of the race and went to work on the campaign of former Governor Terry Sanford -- who ultimately won.

Blount continued to work behind the scenes on other campaigns and was a frequent donor to the party and its candidates. He spent several years as a superior court judge before returning to private practice.