The district attorney for Alabama’s 5th Judicial Circuit, Jeremy Duerr, switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party this week at the Tallapoosa County Republican Party quarterly meeting in Alexander City.
“District Attorney Duerr contacted me several months ago expressing his interest to become a member of the Republican Party citing several changes in the values of the Democrat Party which did not align with his conservative Christian values,” said Jerry Martin, chairman of the Tallapoosa County Republican Party. “He gave a moving speech to the Executive Committee as he shared his views stating that the attacks from the Democrat Party regarding the defunding of police were in direct conflict with him being the top law enforcement official in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Following a brief discussion, DA Duerr was voted into the party by the Tallapoosa County Republican Party per the ALGOP governing bylaws.”
Alabama Republican Party chair Terry Lathan welcomed Duerr into the Alabama Republican Party.
“We are honored to have DA Duerr as our newest member of the Grand Old Party,” Lathan said. “There’s a reason 66% of partisan elected offices in Alabama are held by Republicans. The Democrat party leaders and platform are too far out of the mainstream for Alabamians.”
Lathan said that 69 percent of the district attorneys in Alabama are now Republicans.
“We look forward to working with Mr. Duerr,” Lathan concluded.
Alabama’s 5th Judicial Circuit includes Tallapoosa, Chambers, Macon and Randolph Counties.
The Republicans swept all the statewide races and took control of both chambers of the Alabama Legislature in the 2010 election. Since then many sheriffs, probate judges, county commissioners and district attorneys have switched to the Republican Party rather than run for re-election as Democrats.