Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Gary Jones says he will step down next week as the party's leader in Oklahoma.
Jones told The Associated Press on Friday that he will formally resign from the post Monday to focus on his campaign for State Auditor and Inspector. Vice-chairman Angie LaPlante is expected to take over as interim chairman until the state committee votes to elect a new chairman on June 26. Jones was first elected chairman in 2003, but stepped down when he ran for state auditor in 2006. After that unsuccessful statewide campaign, he was re-elected party chairman in 2007.
Against incumbent Democrat Steve Burrage, Jones is currently launching his thrid bid for state auditor.