State Democratic Party Chair to resign

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Patrick Hughes, the Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, plans to resign, according to an email sent out Friday evening by Hughes to the state’s Democrats. In the email, the Edgewood attorney said he must fully resume his law practice and had notified the State Central Executive Committee of the Party.

Prior to being elected party chairman last February, Hughes had close personal and professional ties to then-Governor Steve Beshear and former Attorney General Jack Conway, who lost the race for governor to Republican Matt Bevin in November, in what turned out to be a dismal showing for the party as only two Democrats were elected to statewide office.

Currently, the party is narrowly holding-on to a majority in the House by a 50-46 margin. The Senate is already controlled by Republicans.

Hughes began his political and legal career by clerking for former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford. He later was general counsel in the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet before returning home to Northern Kentucky to enter private law practice. In 2011, he worked as Jack Conway’s chief deputy, running the day-to-day operations of the Attorney General’s Office while Conway ran for re-election.

He has never held elected office, but did run for Kenton County judge-executive in 2002.

Below is the email sent out Friday in its entirety:

Dear Fellow Democrats:
I have notified the State Central Executive Committee of the Kentucky Democratic Party that I must now fully resume my law practice, and plan to resign as Chair. I am doing all I can to facilitate a smooth transition to a new Chair so as to maximize the Democrats’ opportunities to preserve, and perhaps strengthen, their majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives. I appreciate the great honor to have served as your Chair, and I look forward to Democrats retaining control of the House, and the anticipated successes of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Attorney General Andy Beshear, Congressman Yarmuth, and all of our elected Democrats who work every day to benefit the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Pursuant to the by-laws of the Kentucky Democratic Party (KDP), a committee has been formed to engage in a search for Chair of the State Central Executive Committee of KDP, to succeed the current Chair. The members of the committee will screen all eligible and qualified applicants. Interested persons should send a resume and statement of qualifications to no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 15.
Thank you for your support and for being a proud and active Democrat.

Patrick Hughes, Chairman

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