ABILENE, Texas -

The chair of the Taylor County Republican Party has officially tendered her resignation.   

Joy Ellinger has served as chair for four-and-a-half years. However, Ellinger said, don't be surprised to see her back in public life.

"For right now there's still a lot of chapters to be written in my life, and I hope those include public service," Ellinger told KTXS. "So, who knows, you may see my name on a future ballot."

Ellinger submitted her resignation Friday after Nick Coates was elected chairman in Tuesday's Republican primary.

Her last official day will be March 15.