Mack Paul announced today that he’s resigning as chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party.
Paul, who has been chairman since September 2010, said he’s stepping down as of Dec. 31 to refocus on his family and his legal work. He said also wants work on the statewide and Presidential races next year.
His tenure is ending with Democrats regaining the majority on the Wake County school board and the party’s candidates winning the mayoral races in Raleigh and Cary and several Raleigh City Council contests.
“I’m happy that we took all five school board seats,” Paul said in an interview. “That was my driver for serving as chairman.”
Paul talked more about the school board races in an e-mail he sent today announcing his resignation.
"As you know, I filled Jack Nichols' unexpired term as chair late last year," Paul says in the e-mail. "My primary reason for doing so related to the situation facing the Wake County School Board.
My wife was forgiving enough to let me serve as chair through the 2011 election cycle so that I could focus the Party's efforts on the school board races and coordinated campaign. The energy and passion unleashed by hundreds of volunteers and community leaders made this experience one of the highlights of my life.
Despite claims by some Republicans, Democrats prevailed in Wake County this year due to the hard work of many, many local volunteers, a seasoned and professional field organization and other groups vested in the success of our public school system.
My hope is that we return to the days when no one knew or cared about the party affiliation of Wake County School Board members. However, if extreme ideologues attempt to upend the our school system in the future, I am confident Democrats will fiercely defend the traditions that have made this region an economic success story."
The Wake County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee will meet Jan. 19 to pick a new chairman.