In a 22013 photograph, Elections Board chairperson Paula Dunn counting ballots for the 2nd Legislative District race at the Board of Elections in Mays Landing.

Ben Fogletto

Longtime Atlantic County Board of Elections Chairwoman Paula Dunn died today.

Dunn had been sick most of the year, but the filling of her post didn't begin until last month out of respect for her work, Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Jim Schroeder said last month.

Senate President Steve Sweeney, a fellow Democrat, issued a statement saying he was saddened to hear of Dunn's death.

"She was a tireless worker and dedicated advocate for the Democratic Party, the people of Atlantic County and South Jersey," he said. "She had a big heart and was always there for those in need. She will be remembered with fondness and admiration. My condolences go out to her family and loved ones.”

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