By Seth Ogilvie, Idaho Reports
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Parker is stepping down.
Frank Terraferma, executive director of the party, confirmed Parker’s resignation to Idaho Reports on Monday.
“Jonathan notified the state central committee that he was stepping down,” said Terraferma.
According to the GOP State Rules, current First Vice-Chairwoman Jennifer Locke now assumes all duties and responsibilities of chairman until the next GOP state meeting.
Locke was a Trump elector at the 2016 convention. She currently works as a Deputy County Clerk in Kootenai County.
According to the Coeur d’Alene Press, Locke has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Southern Maine and has lived in north Idaho for almost a decade.
Locke did not respond to requests for comment immediately.
In a statement sent out Tuesday morning, Parker cited family as his reason for stepping down.
“(M)aintaining a full-time job and being a fully engaged Father has been harder than I imagined, so much so that I have reluctantly decided that I should no longer continue to serve as Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party so that I can focus on the priorities I place above all others,” Parker wrote.
According to the party rules, the Idaho Republican Party will likely vote on a new Chairman at the party’s June summer meeting.