In an email sent out Monday morning, Dabakis announced he would be stepping down as chair of the party, but will keep his seat in the Senate.
"While I spend the next months fighting some medical issues, I can assure you that my voice still works. I will stay in the Senate and run for re-election (I have 3 tough Tea Party opponents). Frankly, the Senate job is very genteel, unlike the party chair's 24/7 war. I can handle the Senate job and do what I need to do to get physically better. Quitting one job was a compromise I made with Stephen (my partner of 27 years and husband of 3 months)."
In the email, Dabakis mentioned he was going to form a new left-leaning political organization called "DABAK PAC" that would "make progressive voices in Utah heard."
Dabakis was first elected as party chair in 2011 and won a second term in 2013.