To the editor: After much thought, consideration and discussion with my family and friends, the time has come for me to notify all of you of my decision to change my political affiliation from the Democratic to the Republican Party.
I consider this to be an ethical obligation on my part, as my personal views no longer are aligned with the national platform of the Democratic Party. My personal views (as are those of many of my constituents) closely align with more conservative ideals.
It is not my intention to offend or disrespect anyone. I have many friends of both parties and respect for their choices. However, this personal decision is necessary to be made public because of my position as a publicly elected Southern Commissioner of Howell County.
I maintain the highest respect for the office I have been elected to uphold and for the citizens I serve. I consider my election to this office to be a great honor and privilege. I look forward to my continued service to you, the citizens of Howell County.