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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's Republican Party chairman is stepping down after being in the position for nearly six years.
Yesterday, Joe Cannon announced he's resigning immediately. Vice Chairman Enid Greene will take over his duties until the party picks a new chairman, which will likely be in February.
The new chairman will then serve out Cannon's third-term until August. That's when state party delegates will pick new party leaders for the next term.
Cannon says he made the decision to leave several months ago, saying it was time for him to step away from a public partisan profile.
Governor Huntsman says Cannon was an effective chairman for the Republican party. While, Senator Orrin Hatch praised him for being a strong leadership and reasonable voice.
Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com
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