Last night at our Walker County Republican Party meeting, two-thirds of the remaining Democrats who hold elected office in Walker County switched parties (ok, there were only 3 elected Democrats left). Walker County’s Sheriff Steve Wilson and Tax Commissioner Carolyn Walker both announced that they were intending to switch and run as Republicans.
My family and I have known both Steve and Carolyn for years. They are both conservatives, and were elected during a time when Georgia Democrats were still conservative. They both are very popular among the voters in Walker County and both could have easily won reelection as Democrats. The reason that they changed is because of personal convictions and seeing that their values aligned most with the Republican Party over the Democratic Party. I know we’ve discussed the dynamics of party switching time and time again, but I for one am very pleased to call Sheriff Wilson and Commissioner Walker one of our own and offer a warm welcome.
This now leaves 1 elected Democrat in Walker County. The former Walker County Democratic Party chairman, and former 2-time Democratic opponent to Sen. Jeff Mullis, is now a Republican. I believe he is sincere in telling me that he cannot be a part of a liberal Democratic Party. The Walker County Democratic Party has pretty much died off and no longer has a hold on Walker County like it did for many, many years. My county is very conservative, and many of the “old school” Southern Democrats hold to those conservative values.
Our values haven’t changed…it’s the values of both parties that have changed.