Longview, TX — The Republican Party in Panola County on Thursday parlayed a two-seat courthouse beachhead into a nine-person party switch, the county chairman reported.
Eight of those newly minted Republicans are elected officials, and the ninth is a candidate who p reviously ran and lost as a Democrat, Panola County GOP Chairman Bobby Crow said.
“Believe it or not, nine people changed political parties today,” Crow said. “That hasn’t happened since 1867.”
Crow credited copies of the Democratic and Republican party platforms with convincing County Judge David Anderson and the other elected officials to proclaim their allegiance with the Grand Old Party.
“They were running in a party they didn’t agree with,” Crow said Thursday afternoon, explaining that each told him they had been running as Democrats because they thought that was the only way to win an office in the Carthage courthouse.
Joining Anderson in the morning announcement were County Court at Law Judge Terry Bailey, District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson and District Clerk Debra Johnson. Those four officials are not up for re-election in 2012, but the other four are and three of them have filed for re-election as Republicans.
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