BHI businessman won’t seek 2nd term leading NCGOP

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Bald Head Island business owner will not seek another term as chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party.

Claude Pope, who own’s BHI’s Maritime Market with his wife Melissa, was elected chairman in June 2013. Pope did not give a reason for his decision not to seek another term.

“I’m looking forward to re-engaging with my business interests, and becoming reacquainted with my family,” Pope wrote in his announcement. “I’m also looking forward to playing more golf, catching (and eating) more fish, finishing my novel, and conspiring with our friends. Mostly, I’m looking forward to being home every evening with Melissa – my lovely bride of 33 years.”

Todd Poole, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, released the following statement following Pope’s announcement:

“I want to thank Chairman Pope for his outstanding service to the North Carolina Republican Party,” NC Republican Party Executive Director Todd Poole said in a statement. “Under his leadership, the Republican Party has secured key victories, including electing Thom Tillis to the US Senate, sending an additional member to the US House of Representatives and maintaining our super majorities in both the NC House and Senate. He will also be leaving the Republican Party in a strong financial position to have another successful election cycle in 2016.”

The NCGOP will elect a new chair at the state convention in June.

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