Vance leaving state GOP chairman post
State Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance said today he is stepping down to pursue a job in the private sector. Vance, a former state legislator...
Seattle Times staff reporter
State Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance said today he is stepping down to pursue a job in the private sector.
Vance, a former state legislator who has been GOP chairman since 2001, would not reveal his future employer.
He said his decision was prompted by family concerns, particularly his two children, who are nearing college age.
"College is now looking me right in the face, and paying for college," Vance said. "My entire adult life I have gone from one temporary political job to another. Being chairman has been tremendous, but it is not a job you retire from."
Vance said his replacement will be chosen by state Republican committee leaders at a Jan. 28 meeting. The person chosen will fill out the remainder of Vance's term, which ends in Jan. 2007.
Vance's exit means a transition for both of the state's major political parties. State Democratic Party Chairman Paul Berendt announced his resignation last month.
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