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Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker is resigning. Parker, who also served two year as executive director, says after serving in office for seven years, it is simply time to step down. He says he plans to do some political consulting while exploring longer term options.
“It gives the party an opportunity to elect a new leader to take us into 2012 and have plenty of time to prepare for the 2012 elections,” Parker says.
Parker will step down once his successor is chosen. The state party will meet Saturday to begin the process of choosing a replacement. U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly says he and gubernatorial candidate John Gregg have already had discussions about who might replace Parker.
“We’ve actually talked to district chairmen, county chairman and so we want to be an inclusive, big tent that talks to a lot of folks before we make a decision.”
One name Donnelly mentioned as a possible replacement is Tim Jeffers, former chief of staff for then-speaker John Gregg. Jeffers could not be reached for comment.
Parker says while in office, he helped expand central committee diversity and leadership and built a professional staff. Since 2004, the party has raised more than $19 million to elect Democrats across the state.
“I think that the number one achievement is the fact that through a Republican gubernatorial administration, we‘ve been able to keep the Indiana Democratic Party strong and viable and a fighter in elections,” he says.
Network Indiana contributed to this report.