Seven-term State Sen. Don East dies after surgery

Don East

Don East

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Officials said seven-term State Sen. Don East died Monday morning after complications from back and hip surgery.

East, 67, represented Surry, Alleghany, Stokes and Yadkin counties in the North Carolina senate.

He was facing a challenge for the 30th District seat in November’s election from Democrat Ric Marshall.

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