The St. Joseph County Republican Party chair has resigned, citing his new role as a Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. board member.
Chris Riley won election to the P-H-M board in November, and said it was "just too much" to carry on in both roles, in addition to being an attorney and father of two.
Riley led the party for four years.
"I feel totally at peace," he said. "We worked our tails off, got a lot of people involved in the process who never were before and raised a lot of money. I made a lot of friends. On balance it was a tremendously rewarding experience."
Riley said he sees the Republican Party as a "loose federation" of five "subgroups" of conservatives: social, national security-minded, entrepreneurial, tea party and libertarians.
He advised his successor to "bring everyone to the table within the party, let each of the subgroups speak their minds and make the best decisions you can."
The party has scheduled a caucus for 6 p.m. March 8 at its county headquarters, where precinct officials will vote on Riley’s successor.
Those interested in becoming chair must state their intentions in a letter to both the county and state party secretaries, said Frank Fotila, the county party’s director of strategic planning.
The party explained how to contact those officials in letters mailed out today to precinct officials, Fotila said.
Candidates have until 6 p.m. March 6 to get those letters in the hands of the secretaries.