Veteran Cullman County judge joins GOP

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CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — One of the longest-serving officials in Cullman County has left the Democratic Party and joined the Republican Party.

Presiding District Judge Kim Chaney announced his switch at a meeting of the Cullman County Republican Party. Chaney had been a Democrat since his election in 1992, but he said the Republican Party better represents his core values. Members of the county party gave him a standing ovation Saturday.

The Cullman Times (http://bit.ly/WEzwnf ) reports that the switch by the judge leaves Cullman County School Board member Randy Hasenbein as the only Democrat holding a county office in Cullman County.

Democrats still hold a majority of the county courthouse offices statewide, but the number of Republicans has been increasing in recent years.



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