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Head of Clark County GOP explains resignation

Posted at 5:47 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 21:50:13-04

The Clark County Republican Party chairman resigned over the weekend citing differences with the party's newly elected leadership.

Ed Williams, who served as chair of the state's largest Republican county party for close to ten months, announced his resignation during the party's Saturday convention at the Rio.

Williams said many of the party's newly elected board members flatly refused to work with him, and his resignation was the best way to avoid infighting.

"If I saw a path to work with the new board, I was certainly open to it, but they made it very clear that their top priority would be my departure," he said. "Rather than distract the party with that and hurt our candidates, I thought it would be better to defuse the situation and step down."

He denied that a recently filed ethics complaint had anything to do with his decision to resign.

The complaint alleged he would personally receive around $400 worth of casino rewards points for holding the convention at the Rio, which Williams called "completely untrue."

"I don’t have a Caesars Rewards card at all," he said.

He also pointed to a provision in the party bylaws stating that convention planning falls under the purview of the vice chair.

Williams said he would help interim party leadership until his replacement is elected in May, and will volunteer for local Republican campaigns throughout the 2016 election.

Nevada’s state Republican convention will be held in Reno between May 14 and 15. Delegates to the state convention will select 27 of Nevada's 30 delegates to the national Republican convention in July.