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Salt Lake County Councilman, Sam Granato, passes away

Sam Granato shakes hands with Aimee Winder Newton as she takes a seat in her new role as Salt Lake County Council's chair, and the council's first female chair, at the Salt Lake County Govenment Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Arlyn Bradshaw is on the left. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)​

SALT LAKE CITY — We have learned that long-time Salt Lake County Councilman, Sam Granato, has died after battling an extended illness. He was 67.

“Sam passed away peacefully at home this afternoon surrounded by loved ones,” his family said in a statement. “He fought an amazing battle with cancer for over two years.”

Granato was a long time restaurateur as he operated a chain of Italian delis and a food import business. He was a Democrat and has been in office since 2013.

Back in 2010 he made a run for the U.S. Senate in Utah, but eventually lost to current Utah Senator Mike Lee.

No details have been released on his funeral yet. Doug Wright joined Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News to give some thoughts on the former council member.