The following just went out this morning to many GOP faithful announcing that Craig Lawrence is not going to serve another term as Chairman for the Party, choosing to devote his time to family and several ministry projects:
Subject: From the desk of Craig Lawrence
To: South Dakota Central Committee and Executive Board members
My loyal Republican co-workers:
For the last two years I have had the honor and privilege to be the Chairman of your Party. Together, we relished the taste of election night victory as we MADE HISTORY electing 100% Republicans for the first time in 50 years, and even gaining 4 seats in the Legislature.
Nevertheless, I believe it is time for new, younger leadership of the Party. Thus, on Saturday I submitted my resignation to Governor Daugaard effective December 31st. I did not take that step without sadness and a sense of loss.
But I will be 68 this year, and have put off traveling with my wife for decades. As well, I have been challenged to give leadership to several global ministry projects and feel the tug in my soul to do them.
This year with the loss of a grandson and my mother, and the failing of my father, I am more deeply aware of the urgency of time.
Godspeed. I know that in your hands our state’s great legacy of Leadership will continue.
I feel good in that the party hit unparalleled success under Craig’s leadership. But I feel bad in that Craig is a class act, and going to be tough to follow.
Craig, thank you for your leadership and service to the SDGOP.