Indiana GOP chair Tim Berry to step down

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE)  Indiana Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry announced Thursday that he plans to step down.

Berry, a Fort Wayne native, served two terms as state treasurer and was in his second term as state auditor in July 2013 when Gov. Mike Pence selected him to become chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. At the time, Pence said Berry was the “best choice,” citing Berry’s experience as an officeholder, political savvy, and familiarity with state and local government.

“Serving as chairman and working alongside such dedicated Republicans has been an honor, and my decision to hand over the gavel was not easy,” Berry said. “The efforts by our officeholders, candidates, county parties, volunteers and supporters have helped make our party stronger, and last November voters reaffirmed their overwhelming support for conservative principles and Republican leadership. I’m particularly excited about the significant improvements we have made in the last year to build upon our voter database, strengthen our technology infrastructure and increase voter outreach. I’m humbled to have served the party in this capacity, and will continue to be a proud supporter. Hoosiers can rest assured that Indiana’s future and the future of the Indiana Republican Party remains bright.”

During a call with members of the Indiana Republican State Committee, Pence announced his recommendation of Jeff Cardwell to fill the chairmanship position.

“As a former city-county councilman Jeff will bring a local grassroots perspective that will be invaluable,” Berry said. “I’m confident he will lead our strong team and work hard to support our Republican candidates – especially as we head into this year’s important municipal elections.”

Berry will stay through April to assist with the transition.

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