Patrick H. Payton announced his resignation as chairman of the Jasper County’s Republican Central Committee, effective Tuesday.
The announcement came at the committee’s monthly meeting Sept. 23 in Colfax.
“I will continue to serve as a member of the Central Committee and will assist Marshall Critchfield, the co-chairman, in making the transition a smooth one,” Payton said.
Payton thanked the members of his party for allowing him to serve and discussed the many accomplishments that have been made during his term as county chairman.
At the meeting, two senatorial hopefuls, Scott Schaben and Paul Lunde, were guest speakers as well as Nic Pottebaum, field director for the Branstad–Reynolds campaign. Marlys Popma shared her thoughts on her informational booklet titled “Thinking About Running for Office?’’ Steve Scheffler, the National Committeeman for Iowa, spoke, states Republicans needed to be more civil in their discussion of the issues. He also updated the committee about the Republican caucuses on Jan. 24, 2014.
The committee decided to continue holding its meetings, in other cities in Jasper County, as well as the county seat of Newton. The next Jasper County Central Committee will be in Baxter.