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W.Va. GOP Leader Potter Resigns, Citing Family Health Issues

CHARLESTON — Melody Potter, the first woman to lead the West Virginia Republican Party into legislative supermajorities, the re-election of the Democrat-turned-Republican governor, and an all-Republican Board of Public Works, resigned Monday evening.

“I am resigning my position as Chairwoman of the West Virginia Republican Party, effective immediately,” Potter wrote in a letter to members of the West Virginia Republican Executive Committee on Monday evening. “I am sorry that I have not been able to notify you before now.”

Potter cited the health of her parents as the reason for stepping down from party leadership.

“Now, the time has come, that I must focus my attention on my family,” Potter wrote. “Both of my parents had strokes last year within six months of each other and they require care 24/7. Our family is working together to care for them.”

Roman Stauffer, the co-chairman of the Republican Executive Committee, will serve as acting chairman until a new chair is elected at a later date. The campaign manager for Gov. Jim Justice in 2020, Stauffer thanked Potter for her service on Twitter.

“I thank Melody Potter for her years of service to the WVGOP,” Stauffer said. “Please keep her in your prayers as she cares for her elderly parents.”

Potter’s resignation comes nearly two years after she was first elected to the top position in the party. Potter replaced Conrad Lucas after a vote by the Republican Executive Committee on Jan. 6, 2018. Lucas resigned to run in the Republican primary for the 3rd congressional district.

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