The Washington County Republican Party welcomed four new Republican elected officials at its monthly meeting on December 1st.
Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer and Circuit Clerk Valerie Knapp appeared before the GOP County Committee and requested to switch from the Democrat to the Republican Party. The Executive Committee approved both requests unanimously.
The Committee also recognized two Republican additions from Election Day: Washington County School Board Superintendent-Elect Lisa Connell and District 3 County Commissioner William “Termite” Beasley.
Washington County Republican Party Chairman Willie Long released the following statement after the meeting:
“The Washington County GOP is very excited to announce that Sheriff Richard Stringer and Circuit Clerk Valerie Knapp have officially switched from the Democrat to the Republican Party. Richard and Valerie’s values are in line with the values of the Republican Party. Sheriff Stringer and Circuit Clerk Knapp are doing a fine job for the citizens of Washington County. We are honored that they have chosen to join us.
“The GOP is also glad to welcome and congratulate Washington County School Board Superintendent-Elect Lisa Connell. We believe she is the first female and Republican to be elected to this position.
“County Commissioner District 3 William ‘Termite’ Beasley is the first Republican to ever be elected to this position. The future is bright for the Washington County GOP and we look forward to continued growth.”
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan offered her congratulations:
“We are delighted to welcome these four new Republican office holders to our GOP family. It is clear that Washington County residents reject the radical policies of the national and state Democrat Party which do not mirror Alabama values. We invite citizens who support limited government, lower taxes, the Second Amendment and the sanctity of life to join us. They will find a home in the Alabama Republican Party.”