Biloxi Councilman Felix Gines announces switch to Mississippi Republican Party

Gines would not say if this move to the GOP is part of a bigger plan to run for a legislative seat in 2023.
Mississippi GOP Chairman Frank Bordeaux and Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich talk with Biloxi Ward 2...
Mississippi GOP Chairman Frank Bordeaux and Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich talk with Biloxi Ward 2 Councilman Felix Gines Monday just before a ceremony where Gines officially announced his switch to the Republican Party.(WLOX)
Published: Dec. 4, 2022 at 9:13 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2022 at 12:22 PM CST
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Monday it became official as the Mississippi Republican Party welcomed Biloxi Ward 2 Councilman Felix Gines into the party.

News broke Sunday that the longtime democrat would be switching his political allegiance. Gines might tell you the move should come as no surprise.

“I am switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party because I have always held conservative values and beliefs,” said Gines in a press release from the Mississippi Republican Party. “I believe today’s Republican Party is more in line with my views.”

Besides serving as councilman, Gines served as Biloxi’s first Black mayor in an interim capacity in 2015 after Mayor A.J. Holloway resigned for health reasons. He ran for the position in an election later that year, but lost.

“We as Mississippi Republicans are eager to grow our party,” said Chairman Frank Bordeaux. “We know our plans and policies to reduce inflation, lower taxes, cut wasteful spending, secure our borders, invest in national defense and restore American energy are appealing to all Americans. We’re taking that message to communities where Republicans have not traditionally been as successful in order to recruit, train and elect a more diverse group of candidates and bring thousands more freedom-loving Mississippians into our party. Felix Gines making the decision to join our party is a major win for us. We’re excited to make this announcement, and we hope it’s the first of many more to come.”

WLOX News asked, but Gines would not say if this move to the GOP is part of a bigger plan to run for a legislative seat in 2023.

The official announcement was held Monday morning at the Biloxi Welcome Center. Ahead of that, Republican Governor Tate Reeves offered his congratulations to Gines.

“The foundation of the Republican Party are conservative policies that put Americans first,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “In Mississippi, they have led to historic economic growth, lower taxes, more freedom and a better quality of life. Our party is growing across our state because we are delivering results on behalf of Mississippians. Proud to have the party grow, and to have Councilman Gines join.”

Hear more from Councilman Gines and Chairman Bordeaux later today on WLOX News.

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