Georgia Democratic leader steps down - WRBL

Georgia Democratic leader steps down

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ATLANTA, Ga. -

Georgia Democratic Party Chair Mike Berlon says he will be stepping down on Sunday.

Berlon had announced his resignation last week, citing concerns by Democratic leaders that his personal issues were becoming a distraction as a major election year looms.

Vice Chair Nikema Williams, director of public policy for Planned Parenthood's southeast affiliate, will assume leadership of the party until a permanent chair is elected.

Berlon, an attorney who became chair in 2011, has been dealing with several issues in recent weeks, including a reprimand by the State Bar of Georgia, a lawsuit filed by a client and the release of a report showing weak party finances ahead of the 2014 statewide and congressional elections.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had been among those calling for Berlon to step down.

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