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W.Va. GOP chairwoman steps down

Meoldy Potter resigned as the chair of the West Virginia Republican Party on Monday.
Meoldy Potter resigned as the chair of the West Virginia Republican Party on Monday.(WV GOP)
Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 6:26 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 7:28 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.- (WTAP)- The first woman to lead West Virginia’s Republican party has resigned-and locally, there’s mixed opinions about her departure.

A year after Melody Potter became GOP Chairwoman, she removed the then-head of Wood County’s Republican Executive Committee, after a series of disagreements.

For that reason, the current head of the county party and the president of the Wood County Commission Tuesday had differing opinions about her legacy.

”Maybe she has the ability to replace chairmen,” says Wood County Commissioner Blair Couch, who has supported the ousted Rob Cornelius, “but she cannot invalidate the election that elected him to that board. And I think there’s a widespread agreement in that.”

But Cornelius’ successor, Roger Conley said, “Any time you can leave your position in better shape than when you took the position, I think that’s always a good legacy, and I believe that will be hers.”

Cornelius has a pending lawsuit against Potter.

He and Potter disagreed over several issues, including the leadership of Governor Jim Justice.

Potter removed Cornelius in 2019 and replaced him with Conley.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Longtime Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter announced Monday she will step down from her post immediately.

In a letter to fellow committee members, she said both of her parents suffered strokes within six months of each other and require 24/7 care.

Co-Chairman GOP Roman Stauffer, who most recently ran Gov. Jim Justice’s successful re-election campaign, will step in as acting chair until the state committee selects a new chair.

In a tweet Monday night, Stauffer said “I thank Melody Potter for her years of service to the @WVGOP. Please keep her in your prayers as she cares for her elderly parents.”

Potter touched on accomplishments in her letter, including super majorities in the state Senate and House of Delegates.

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