On Saturday, Philadelphia Republican Party Chairman Mike Meehan announced that he is resigning from his post.
“Please be advised that I have resigned today as chairman, effective Nov. 12,” Meehan wrote in an email to ward leaders. “Good luck going forward.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Meehan said in a statement after the announcement that “it is time for a fresh start for the Philly GOP.”
Meehan was first elected as chair of the Philadelphia Republican Party in April 2017. Other roles Meehan served in the party include General Counsel of the Republican City Committee from September 1994 until his election as chairman, as an Alternate Delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention, and is a previous elected member of the Republican State Committee and served as part of its Leadership Committee since 2010.
Meehan’s resignation comes after the Republicans in Philadelphia lost one of the two minority at-large seats on City Council for the first time in decades. In January, there will be just two Republicans, Councilman David Oh and Brian O’Neill, serving on Philadelphia’s City Council.
The local party is set to meet on Tuesday to discuss their future, while various names have surfaced as possible successors. Billy Penn reports that rumored candidates include state Rep. Martina White and Jim Pio, secretary of the Philly GOP. The Inquirer reports that Joe McColgan, who briefly made a bid for the position in 2017, but ultimately backed out and supported Meehan, said he’s been approached by some ward leaders about running again.