Utah Democrat chair resigns, cites health issues

Monday , March 24, 2014 - 1:44 PM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis says he is stepping down from that post Monday afternoon to address medical issues.

Dabakis announced his resignation in a statement Monday morning.

He did not immediately return messages seeking further details.

Democratic Party spokeswoman Anna Thompson declined to comment on the medicial issues.

Dabakis says he will resign after chairing the party in Utah for nearly three years.

He also serves as a state senator from Salt Lake City and says he still running for re-election this fall.

Thompson says vice-chair Josie Valdez will serve as a temporary leader of the party to replace Dabakis.

The party’s governing body will then pick a permanent replacement at the Democrat’s nominating convention in April.

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