The Chairman of the Delaware GOP has resigned from his position as head of the State
John Sigler, an attorney representing a healthcare services firm in Dover, was first elected Chairman of the Party in 2011, replacing Tom Ross. He was re-elected without opposition at the Party’s Wilmington convention last month. Sigler announced his resignation at a meeting of the Party’s Finance Committee Wednesday morning, following up with an email to Party leaders.
Sigler, a former U.S. Naval combat submariner and Dover police captain, was president of the National Rifle Association from 2007 to 2009. He holds a Master’s in Business from Central Michigan University and Juris Doctorate cum laude from Widener.
Sigler told usedview.com that he is stepping down for “business reasons,” but wouldn’t elaborate beyond that. When asked who he would like to see as the next Chairman, he said, “Charlie Copeland would be my first choice, but Jeff Cragg would also be an excellent chairman.” Copeland is a widely-known and -respected New Castle county businessman and long-term figure in upstate GOP politics, but is said to be too heavily involved in the operation of his business to devote full-time effort to the Chairmanship.
Cragg, a Wilmington businessman and last year’s GOP gubernatorial candidate, is widely regarded as the front-runner, but, “This is a full-time commitment, which I would have to discuss in depth with my family,” he told usedview.com.
Under State Republican Party rules, the Secretary, Carole Bodine, will call a statewide Party convention within 10 days. The Party will convene within 2 months to elect a new Chairman in Dover, The First State’s capital. “The delegates will be the same from the convention in Wilmington in April,” Bodine told usedview.com. “But the candidates for Chairman will have to be from Kent or New Castle counties,” she said, since the Vice-Chair, Nelly A. Jordan and Secretary, Bodine, are from Sussex. Both were elected at the April Convention.
Ben Mobley, the first African-American nominated by the Delaware Republican Party for a statewide office, told usedview.com, “Whoever the new chairman is will have my full support.”
Other names suggested as of Wednesday morning include Kevin Wade, nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Ellen Barrosse, Delaware’s RNC National Committeewoman, and Sher Valenzuela, the party’s nominee for Lt.Gov last year.
The writer is Communications Director for the Sussex Republican Committee and a delegate to the Party Convention.