Seven officials elected as Democrats join Republican Party mid-term

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Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson and six other county officials elected as Democrats in 2015 have switched to the Republican Party, the Itawamba Times reports.

Joining Dickinson are supervisors Charles Horn, Steve Johnson and Steve Moore, constables Terry Johnson and Doug Lesley, and coroner Shelia Summerford.

During a brief ceremony on the county courthouse steps in Fulton on Thursday, Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi House of Representatives Speaker Phillip Gunn, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef commended the local officials.

“Itawamba County is truly the America we all love and believe in,” Bryant told the assembled onlookers.