UPDATED: Perkinson out as Democratic Party chair

Jake Perkinson, who’s milling about the Statehouse cafeteria this morning in the wake of announcing his resignation as chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party, says a confluence of business and family matters has compelled him to call it quits.

He said he leaves under nothing but good terms, and that it’s really about freeing up time for him to spend more time with his kids and pursue some professional opportunities.

Perkinson said he also wants to allow talent within the party to churn through the ranks, and that by leaving now, he prevents the kind of hierarchical “logjam” that comes with longer-serving chairs.

The party this morning announced the imminent departure of Jake Perkinson. He’ll step down March 16, according to a press release, when he’ll be replaced on an interim basis by vice-chairwoman Dottie Deans.

Perkinson has been with the party for a decade, and helped orchestrate its near sweep of Republicans in the most recent election cycle.

We’ll have more on Perkinson’s tenure in tomorrow’s editions of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald.

Below, the release:

VDP Chair Perkinson announces resignation as Party Chair

On Tuesday evening, Vermont Democratic Party Chair Jake Perkinson informed the State Committee of his intentions to resign as Chair. Perkinson’s resignation
will become effective on Saturday, March 16 at which point Vice Chair Dottie
Deans will service as Interim Chair until party reorganization elections in
November.

“Over the past decade I have worked along with hundreds of other volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to building a better Democratic Party,” said
Perkinson. “Because of that hard work, we are in a prime position to move
Vermont forward. At every point in this journey I have been humbled by the selfless service of our committee members and volunteers at every level. Now is an opportune time for me to depart because the Party has never been stronger or more secure in its operations.”

“The VDP is now poised to fulfill the obligations of supporting the policies and
politicians that are overwhelmingly favored by the Vermont electorate. I’d like
to thank our Governor, elected officials, the party staff, and the people of
Vermont for the wonderful opportunity,” Perkinson concluded.

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