Tom John Officially Steps Down as Marion County Republican Chair
December 1, 2010 3 Comments
Today in an email sent out from the Marion County Party, Tom John officially resigned his position noting the significant time commitment required to be County Chair and the desire to spend more time focused on family and work. He also noted that he believes no one should stay in the position for too long insisting his resignation had nothing to do with the losses this November.
Tom cited some of the successes of the past years including taking the mayor’s seat and the council in 2007 as well as reclaiming House District 89 and the Wayne township trustee’s office in 2010.
Abdul says a new chair has to be elected within 30 days with 10 days notice to precinct committeemen of the caucus so that means the vote will take place prior to New Years Eve.
Tom John told Jon Murray of the Indy Star that he will not endorse a candidate. He did, however, give his analysis of what the job requires in his email to the organization:
First, as all previous chairmen and I know, this office is a heavy burden to carry when also working another job to earn a living. This is even truer in a municipal cycle. Thus, I suggest that our next Chairman be able to commit all or nearly all of their time to being chairman. Secondly, another important aspect of being chairman is that the chairman should know and understand our entire organization, whether that is from experience as a member of the organization or candidate or such other experience. Third, it is important to look for someone familiar with all aspects of the office’s responsibilities, including running campaigns, raising money, and the very important nuts and bolts of ensuring we have poll workers and completely filled PC and Ward Chair positions. Finally, and in my mind most importantly, this person must have demonstrated a history of love of and dedication to our city and our party. Ultimately, that grit and passion will help them through the tough times and help us win elections in the face of significant challenges.
Kyle Walker still remains the main name floating around and it has been said he would seek a paid chairmanship. We’re sure there are others who would as well. We will post our job description for Marion County Chairman later this afternoon.