Longtime Alabama Republican Party chief of staff Harold Sachs has died after a long battle with COVID-19.
“Our beloved Chief of Staff, Harold Sachs, passed away into the arms of our heavenly Father,” said Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan.”As you may know, Harold had been hospitalized for several weeks. This was not the outcome that anyone expected. Our staff is heartbroken at this tremendous loss but we are deeply focused on his family.”
“Harold and his devoted wife, Bonnie, have a very close family and one of strong faith. Bonnie has said they have strongly felt your prayers,” Lathan continued. “May we all spend time in prayer for their family and friends as Harold was known in our state for his gentle kindness and always putting others first. He loved our Party and was the longest serving ALGOP Chief of Staff – since 2011. He drove 150 miles round trip everyday to the headquarters for over 9 years. He was deeply invested in our mission, but mostly he loved all of the people he met. If you met Harold, you were automatically a friend.”
Congressman-elect Barry Moore expressed his sadness at Sachs’s passing.
“Our prayers and our thoughts are with the Sachs family during this time,” Moore said. “Harold Sachs was a fine gentleman, and he will be sorely missed. During Harold’s many years of service to the Alabama Republican Party, he saw that Party grow to prominence across the state and the nation. As the longest-serving Executive Director in ALGOP’s history, Harold Sachs played an integral role in that growth. We can honor his memory by continuing to work to support the Party he loved so much, and by standing firm on the conservative ideas he represented so well.”
Sachs served as ALGOP executive director for the past nine years, under ALGOP chairs Bill Armistead and Terry Lathan. Sachs served on the State Executive Committee for 12 years, and on the State Steering Committee as vice-chair of Districts 4 and 5 for six years.
He served as the Winston County Republican Party chairman for five years and ran as a candidate for State Senate District 4 in 2006.
Sachs was diagnosed with double pneumonia and admitted to Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville in October. He was placed on a ventilator over the weekend.
3,084 Alabamians have died in the COVID-19 global pandemic. Another 1,170 cases were reported Monday.