- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Mike Wenstrup, the chairman of the Alaska Democratic party, is stepping down.

Vice chair Casey Steinau will replace Wenstrup as chair in January.

Party spokesman Jake Hamburg says Wenstrup has a child on the way and has been involved in the party for a long time. He says it seemed like a good time for Wenstrup to step down now, before the election season began heating up.

In a release, Wenstrup called the move bittersweet. He said he’s proud of what the party has accomplished and is confident it will be well-positioned in 2016.

Steinau said she plans to continue building a diverse and inclusive party.

Republicans have far more registered voters than Democrats, though the largest voting bloc in the state is not affiliated with a party.

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