Claybourn Stepping Down as Secretary
Vanderburgh County Republican Party Secretary Joshua Claybourn announced today that he is stepping down from his position as secretary of the party effective February 4th.
“It has been a privilege and an honor serving in this capacity,” said Claybourn. “It’s never easy to step away from a role that is as challenging and rewarding as this one, but the timing makes sense. With a round of elections over and new ones gearing up, it is best to hand over the reins to a new secretary.”
Claybourn was first appointed Treasurer of the party in 2007 by then-chairman Nick Hermann. He was then unanimously elected by precinct committeemen to Secretary in 2009 and has served in that capacity since. During his tenure the local party has improved its fiscal position, retooled its organization, and elected a record setting number of local Republicans.
Claybourn was instrumental in the recruitment and successful election of numerous Republican office holders. In 2009 he was the first person to approach Larry Bucshon about running for congress and was instrumental in kicking off his campaign, which in 2010 would go on to win every county in the 8th congressional district, including winning Vanderburgh by nearly 20 percentage points. That same year he also helped chair the successful campaign of Nick Hermann, who defeated a 20 year incumbent to become Vanderburgh Co. Prosecutor.
Congressman Larry Buschon praised Claybourn and his tenure as party secretary. “Josh Claybourn has done a tremendous job for the Republican party,” said Buschon. “He was an integral part of my successful campaign for Congress. I am grateful for his advice and friendship.”
Republican Chairman Wayne Parke stated, “Josh’s words of wisdom in advising me on how to handle various issues will be missed and difficult to replace. Because of his hard work and that of many other people, the Republican Party will be in good shape to be successful in the upcoming 2011 City elections.”
Claybourn’s resignation is effective Friday, February 4, 2011. Republican Party Chairman Wayne Parke will appoint his successor.