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Salt Lake County Democratic head resigns to manage Peter Cooke's campaign

Published: Monday, July 23 2012 12:17 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee announced Monday that its chairwoman, Mary Bishop, will be stepping aside from her party position so that she may devote her time to managing the gubernatorial campaign of retired Gen. Peter Cooke.    

While Bishop will be stepping aside as chairwoman, she will continue with the county party as a senior adviser.    

Richard Jaramillo will serve as acting chairman and will seek to fill the remainder of   Bishop’s term. Party rules require a special election among Democratic Party officials to replace Bishop within 30 days of her resignation, which became effective Friday. 

Bishop has managed other Democratic campaigns, including outgoing House Minority Leader David Litvack, D-Salt Lake City, and Sen. Ben McAdams, D-Salt Lake City, who is currently the Democratic Party’s nominee for Salt Lake County mayor in this November’s election.    

Bishop was elected to run the county party in April 2011 and directed a record-setting turnout of Democrats at the party's 2012 nominating convention in April.

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