Troy Price resigns as chair of the Iowa Democratic Party as caucus problems continue

Troy Price speaks at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Aug. 9, 2019. — Gage Skidmore

Troy Price, the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP), submitted his letter of resignation on Wednesday afternoon, apologizing for the failures that plagued the reporting of results from the Feb. 3 caucus.

“The fact is that Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night,” Prince wrote in his letter to the IDP State Central Committee. “As chair of this party, I am deeply sorry for what happened and bear the responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the IDP formally accepted requests for partial recanvasses of the caucus results from both the Sanders and Buttigieg campaigns.

Price was serving as executive director of the IDP when he was first elected chair in July 2017. A native of Durant, Iowa — a city divided between three counties: Cedar, Muscatine and Scott — before going to work for the party, Price had served in the administration of the last two Democratic governors, Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver. He was also the executive director of One Iowa, the statewide LGBTQ rights advocacy group. Price was the Iowa director for both the 2012 Obama campaign and the 2016 Clinton campaign.

“While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult,” Price wrote in his resignation letter.

“Therefore, I will resign as chair of the Iowa Democratic Party effective upon the election of my replacement.”

There will be a special session of the IDP State Central Committee on Saturday, during which an interim chair will be elected.

“Whomever is elected will oversee the completion of the recanvass and recount process and begin the process of healing our party,” Price wrote.

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