HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Brian Schatz announced Friday that he will step down as chair of the Hawaii Democratic Party effective January 9, 2009. The announcement emphasized Schatz's accomplishments as the party's chief over the last 18 months, including increasing the number of active party members and delivering the most lopsided majority of votes for Barack Obama of any state in the 2008 election.
"It has been an exciting and positive experience to be part of the local effort to elect Barack Obama President of the United States, to revitalize the Democratic Party and to watch as people's sense of ownership in their government grows," said Schatz in a statement.
"At the same time, the last few years have been very tough economically and the challenges we face are huge. So this is just the beginning and there is no letting up as we rebuild our future."
Schatz, a former state representative, was a leading proponent in Hawaii of the "Draft Obama" movement in late 2006.