Chairman of Alabama Democratic Party Resigns

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Mark Kennedy (Photo:

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) — The chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party announced his resignation Friday morning.

Justice Mark Kennedy will step down Monday at noon.  Kennedy sent his resignation letter to the Democratic Party Executive Committee.

“Now, after much consideration, my family and I have determined that it is time to move on,” Kennedy wrote.  “We will always stand shoulder to shoulder with people of goodwill who choose to fight for progress.  The Alabama Democratic Party has a long and storied history, and now, we must face the reality of changing times as we strive for more inclusiveness and relevance.”

Read the full letter.

House Democrats thanked Kennedy for his leadership.

“Judge Kennedy has been an outstanding public servant and leader of our Party. I am sad to see him leave, but I know he will continue to do great things for Democrats in Alabama,” said House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden).

“Judge Kennedy was bringing credibility back to the Democratic Party and giving Democrats a voice again. It saddens me dearly that he is stepping down, but I appreciate the work he has done and I understand why he had to make this decision,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Thomas Jackson (D-Thomasville). “I know he will continue to do great things for Democrats throughout Alabama, and I hope to continue working with him in a new capacity.”

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Judge Kennedy for the past two years, and I am thankful for his service to our state and Party,” said Rep. Napoleon Bracy (D-Mobile), Chairman of the Joint Legislative Black Caucus. “I am sorry to see him leave, but I know he will still be fighting for Democrats, and I hope  we can continue to our work together in a new capacity.”

Under party bylaws, First Vice Chair of the party Nancy Worley will become Chairman.  Worley is a former Alabama Secretary of State.