OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Republican Party (OKGOP) Vice Chair Estela Hernandez on Sunday afternoon sent an email notifying the Executive Committee of her intention to resign.
Hernandez announced in the email that she would be submitting her letter of resignation on Monday and she would start working for Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) starting Tuesday.
Good afternoon all,
I hope you are having a great start to 2016.
I want to begin by thanking each of you for all your support and encouragement you have given me. Thank you for your time and commitment by serving on the OKGOP Executive Committee. I respect and admire each of you and it has been a privilege to work along side you.
I have learned that often times in order to be more effective as an activist, we have to narrow our focus to make a greater impact.
Several weeks ago, I was approached by OCPA to join their team. After much prayer and conversation with my family, I have decided to accept their offer. I will be submitting my letter of resignation as Vice Chair tomorrow and my first day at OCPA will be Tuesday, January 19th.
I’m very excited to start a new chapter in advocating for our conservative issues.
Hernandez had remained the Vice Chair of the OKGOP after loosing at a pursuit to be the Chair of the party after the sudden resignation of former Chair Randy Brogdon. Pam Pollard ended up taking the spot as Chair after a runoff was to take place and “In order to bring unity to the party.” Hernandez made a motion to elect Pam Pollard as the next chair of the OKGOP. Hubbard seconded and the committee then took a vote.
So what takes place now to fill the Vice Chair spot? The OKGOP Rules say the following”
Vacancies of State Chairman and Vice Chairman: If the State Chairman shall die, move from the state, resign, or otherwise become disqualified, then the Vice Chairman shall serve as Chairman until such vacancy shall be filled by the State Committee at a special meeting held within sixty (60) days for such purpose pursuant to written or electronic notice sent to all members of said committee stating such purpose 30 days prior to said meeting. Any person elected to fill such vacancy shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term. If the Vice Chairman shall die, move from the state, resign, or otherwise become disqualified, then the vacancy shall be filled by the State Committee as described for filling the office of Chairman.
So just like what took place last fall to replace Brogdon after he resigned, the OKGOP State Committee will hold a special election to replace Hernandez.