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Allen Democratic chairman Mike Bynum resigns

Allen County's Democratic chairman resigned from his post on Saturday as the party prepares for a critical election cycle.

Chairman Mike Bynum announced his immediate resignation from the party's top post during his state of the party address given Saturday, according to Vice Chair Deb Morrone. Bynum could not be reached for comment.

Morrone, who is the acting head of the local party, said Bynum has served as chair for five years and the time commitment was becoming difficult for him, especially with the looming presidential race this year. In addition, the state Democrats will hold their convention in Fort Wayne this year.

"We appreciate his long tenure of service and look forward to him being active in the party," Morrone said.

An election to replace Bynum has been scheduled for March 26. Members of the party in good standing who wish to seek the post must submit a letter of intent by 6 p.m. March 23. Letters should be addressed to Sandy Kennedy at P.O. Box 11544, Fort Wayne, IN 46859-1544.

The next chair will be selected by the party's precinct chairs and vice chairs.