Tallapoosa County District Judge Kim Taylor announced he has resigned from the county Democratic Party and joined the Republican Party.
“I am changing my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican effective immediately,” Taylor said. “The Republican Party is the party that is more aligned with my conservative core values and I am honored to join this party.”
Taylor was the last remaining Democrat elected by Tallapoosa County voters. At one time, every Tallapoosa County office holder was an elected Democrat. Republicans now hold every non-multicounty countywide elected position, a majority on the county commission, as well state Rep. Ed Oliver of District 81 and state Sen. Tom Whatley of District 27.
Tallapoosa County GOP chair Lee Hamilton welcomed Taylor into the Republican Party and highlighted his experience on the bench.
“Judge Taylor has been an exceptional, conservative jurist for many years and the Republican Party is honored to have him on our team,” Hamilton said.
Alabama Republican Party chair Terry Lathan noted 65% of all elected officials in the state are Republican.
“He is an outstanding jurist and will feel right at home in the Alabama GOP,” Lathan said of Taylor. “We welcome all who share our values.”