Prominent County Elected Official Switches to the GOP in Manchester Press Conference; Continues TNGOP’s Red to the Roots Success
MANCHESTER, Tenn.-March 29, 2016—Democrats are still losing at the local level.
The latest blow was delivered in Coffee County today where County Commissioner Steven Jones officially switched to the Republican Party. At a press conference held just outside the Coffee County Administrative Plaza, Jones signed a public oath of allegiance while surrounded by Republican leaders such as Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes, Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell, State Executive Committeewoman Frances Arthur, and Coffee County Chairman Claude Morse, and Coffee County Vice Chairwoman Jean Kelly.
Jones remarked, “This has been a long time coming. I’ve been a conservative my entire life but as each day has passed, it has become apparent that the Democratic Party has deserted me. So today, I’m officially joining the Republican Party and will fight for the principles of our Party right here in our community.”
“We have a rich tradition of electing strong conservative leaders and I’m going to continue that fight. Voters already know I’m an advocate for limited government, lower taxes, and more freedom. Now, I’m prepared to do that as a Republican,” stated Jones.
Jones was first elected as a commissioner in 2010. He represents the 1st District of Coffee County, which covers a portion of Manchester.
Haynes said, “Democrats are running to the left on every major issue this nation is facing and, in their wake, they are leaving behind mainstream individuals who believe in common sense, conservative principles. That’s exactly what’s happened with Steven Jones. Commissioner Jones has a track record of working with others to make Coffee County a better place to live, work, and raise a family. That’s the type of leadership we are proud to welcome into the GOP.”
Arthur noted, “Steven Jones has long been a fighter for the values Republicans believe in. At the same time, he’s a capable problem solver—something our community needs more of. I’m proud he’s now able to do so as a full-fledged member of the GOP.”
“Commissioner Jones is a welcome addition to our Party. He’s an articulate voice for conservative principles on the County Commission and now he joins the impressive Republican team we have working together to solve the problems of Manchester, Tullahoma, and all of Coffee County,” added Chairman Morse.
In 2015, three other prominent county officials joined the Republican Party in various press conferences. Coverage of those announcements may be found here.
(Pictured Left to Right: Coffee County Chairman Claude Morse, County Commissioner Steven Jones, TNGOP Chairman Ryan Haynes, and TNGOP SEC Member Frances Arthur)