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3 more elected MS Democrats switch to GOP

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Thirteen elected Mississippi Democrats switched to the Republican Party in last 18 months. The latest changes of party occurred in Marion County.

Thursday, three elected officials in Marion County announced the switching of their party affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Mississippi Republican Party.

Supervisor Randy Dyess, Justice Court Judge Gwen Broom and Election Commissioner Charles F. Broome joined the ranks of current Marion County Republicans District Attorney Hal Kittrell, Sheriff Berkley Hall, Constable Paul Barber, Election Commissioner Van Lowry, Jr. and County Attorney Scott Phillips to increase the GOP presence in the county.

"The Mississippi Republican Party continues to grow. Some folks, who have not been highly involved in the past, have seen what Washington Democrats are doing and are getting involved to fight those bad policies," said Governor Haley Barbour. "Others, like these three Marion County elected officials, have long been involved and long been conservative and now have determined their home is in the Republican Party."

"This announcement shows the liberal policies of the national Democratic Party and even the Mississippi Democratic Party no longer fits with the average Mississippian," said Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Brad White. "For many years, conservatives still sought a home in the Democratic Party on the county level – at the local courthouse. But now, even there, elected officials are determining the home for their conservative values is the Republican Party."

Additional elected officials who in the past two years have left the Democratic Party for the Republican Party are:

  • Representatives Billy Nicholson (District 78)
  • Scott Bounds (District 44)
  • District Attorney Eddie Bowen (Smith, Jasper, Covington, Simpson Counties)
  • Neshoba County Chancery Clerk Larry McMillan
  • Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis
  • Simpson County Supervisor Mickey Berry
  • Simpson County Circuit Clerk Cindy Jensen
  • Simpson County Justice Court Judge Eugene Knight
  • Simpson County Constable Dan Easterling
  • Simpson County D'Lo Alderman Michael Shoemaker

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