Michael Cloud, GOP county chairman, steps down
April 19, 2017 at 11:06 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2017 at midnight
While cleaning a closet in early spring, Michael Cloud discovered a long-lost column he had written for the Victoria Advocate months before he was elected Republican Party chairman for the county.
Although Cloud ends his seven-year tenure May 1, he does so with the satisfaction that he has met many of the goals outlined in that Jan. 24, 2010, column, he said.
"It was almost like a checklist," said Cloud on Wednesday. "I said, 'Wow, we actually did a lot of that.'"
Cloud submitted his letter of resignation to the Victoria County Republican Executive Committee on Monday.
After serving almost four terms as chairman, Cloud said he is ready to apply himself to other political endeavors.
"I felt like I have done what I came to do," he said.
Cloud will divide his energy between his newly created political action committee, Cloud PAC, and a seat on the Texas State Republican Executive Committee, which he was elected to in 2016.
Despite the change, Cloud said he isn't leaving Victoria and is looking forward to continuing his work with residents - albeit in a slightly different capacity.
Cloud's counterpart on the executive committee for Senate District 18, Edee Sinclair, of Needville, said she and Cloud provide education and encouragement to the thousands of grassroots Republicans living in the 21 counties of District 18.
She said Cloud's energy and passion have served him well in the position so far.
"I can't say enough good things about him," she said.
Although Cloud has considered moving on for some time, he said he has delayed his departure to leave Victoria County Republicans in good hands.
He said he waited until the last possible moment to file his fourth term application, hoping another capable candidate would seek the office.
Cloud said he also felt a responsibility to oversee the replacement of Victoria County Elections Administrator George Matthews, who resigned in January. Matthews was replaced with former Lavaca County elections administrator Vicki Vogel in late March.
Victoria County Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Tally, who also serves on the committee that selected Vogel, was grateful for Cloud's decision to stay.
Despite her differing political perspective, she said she has great respect for Cloud, describing the man as "civil," never condescending and a "gentleman."
Cloud even phoned her to personally tell her about his resignation, she said.
"He doesn't owe me that," she said. "He's just a courteous person."