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Head of National
Stonewall Democrats resigns

Head of National
Stonewall Democrats resigns

Eric Stern to "take a break from politics."

Eric Stern, the top leader of the National Stonewall Democrats, announced his resignation on Monday, saying he needs a break from politics. Stern will officially step down April 1 from his position as executive director of the Stonewall Democrats, the national activist group serving the interests of LGBT Democrats.

"As a cancer survivor, my health has always been of paramount importance to me," said Stern. "While I have not had any health-related complications, the last five years of constant campaign-related work have taken their toll on me, and I need to take a break from politics before I completely burn out and risk damage to my health and well-being."

Under Stern's tenure, the National Stonewall Democrats became more financially stable, saw an increase in membership, and added numerous local chapters.

"The electoral, financial, and political progress that we have made with Eric's leadership is remarkable," said Stephen Driscoll, cochair of the National Stonewall Democrats' board of directors. "When we asked him to reconsider his decision, Eric was able to demonstrate how the health of the organization allows him the opportunity to leave."

The group's deputy director, Jo Wyrick, will serve as interim executive director until a formal search has been completed for Stern's replacement. (The Advocate)

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