South Bend, Ind. The man who led St. Joseph County’s Democratic Party through a time of scandal is resigning.
John Broden will formally step down in the next two and a half weeks, leaving the party to hold an election to replace him, within 30-days after that.
Broden said he wouldn't have taken the job in October of 20-11 if former chairman Butch Morgan hadn't resigned amid scandal.
“My first goal was to make sure all our candidates who were running in 2011 and 2012 got a fair shake, a chance to make their case to the voters to stand on their own merits, and while not every single election went our way, I think we got that chance,” Broden said. “I don't think the single episode that did generate a great deal of publicity; I don't think that those [incidents] overshadowed our candidates.”
Broden is a state senator who wants to spend more time with his three children. He took over as chairman about two years ago and served the remainder of Morgan's term. Just six months ago, in March, Broden was elected to a four year term of his own.