State Republican Party Chairman resigns

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Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur resigned Monday after more than two years in the role.

 "I have been offered a five-year contract with the Young America's Foundation that I would be foolish not to accept," Wilbur said in a statement. "I will be moving to the 'other' Washington within the next couple of months to write this next chapter of my life.

 "It has been an honor to serve as chairman of the WSRP since January 2011. We have had many successes and I have had some failures. The Party has a good crop of up-and-coming leaders, and a strong staff, and it will continue to move forward no matter whose hand is on the helm."

 Wilbur, a former KVI-AM host who occasionally fills in on The Sean Hannity Show, was elected to his first term in January 2011. Vice Chair Luanne VanWerven will serve as interim chair of the WSRP and the election of a permanent chair must take place within 90 days, according to WSRP bylaws.