(CNN) – Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's father, philanthropist and billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr., was released Saturday from his leadership position with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the church's semiannual "General Conference," held in Utah. The move was part of a routine rotation among the church leadership.
There is no connection between Huntsman Jr.'s presidential campaign and his father's release, as the Church maintains a strict policy of political neutrality and does not endorse political candidates, a Church spokesperson said.
Huntsman Sr. had been serving as an Area Seventy, a high leadership position with the Church, since 1997. Area Seventies serve on a temporary basis and are assigned responsibility for Church affairs in various areas around the world. The spokesman, who declined to be named, said it was time for his release and that the move was overdue.
Individuals serving in full-time leadership roles with the Church do not "participate in political campaigns, promote candidates, fundraising and making financial contributions," according to the Church's political neutrality policy. Huntsman Sr. was not subject to this policy because he was not a full-time officer for the Church, however.
Huntsman Sr. and church members are "free to contribute, serve on campaign committees and otherwise support candidates of their choice," states Church policy.