Jerry Guthrie, who has been the county’s revenue commissioner for 16 years, said he has decided to change his political affiliation to the Republican Party.
“For the past 16 years, I have served the citizens of Walker County faithfully and honestly,” he said. “My job is hinged on revenue laws that must be followed. Changing political parties will never have a bearing on my service to our citizens. I will always remain the same person regardless of political party affiliations.”
Guthrie said he is disappointed with the national Democratic Party, which is what led to his decision to switch to the GOP.
“I have been blessed over the years to work with some very qualified and dedicated local elected officials with strong morals and values,” he said. “However, I have become very disappointed in Washington and the national Democratic Party for what they endorse and openly support. I no longer wish to be a part of such actions.”
The decision to change parties was not made in haste, Guthrie said.
“My family and I have prayed about and given great consideration to this decision for more than two years,” he said. “While political dynamics may change, I will always be Jerry Guthrie with the same friendly manner, high values and morals.”
Guthrie said he was approached by the local GOP about switching more than two years ago.
He said he had made up his mind, but he wanted to wait until after the 2012 elections were over to announce his decision.
“I feel at peace with my decision. I’ve never felt like I had to swap political parties to be re-elected,” he said. “Since being in office, my staff and I have produced a perfect audit and never received any recommendations for change of precedures by the State Examiner’s Office. I simply feel the desire of the Republican Party to serve, along with their plan, organization and resources, are more in line with my personal choosing and beliefs.”
With the 2014 elections a year away, Guthrie said he would seek re-election.
“When I seek re-election in 2014, I will simply be doing it under another party affiliation,” he said. “My name, title and values will always be the same as before. Continued prayers and support by all of Walker County will always be greatly appreciated.”