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Indy Councilman Jose Evans Leaves Democrats

3/5/2013


Jose Evans (WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)

Indianapolis City County Councilman Jose Evans says he has switched parties.

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The longtime democrat announced Tuesday that he has joined the Indiana Republican Party. Evans says he grew tired of the "shenanigans" in the Marion County Democatic Party. He also says he felt he was out of step with democrats on the city-county council and that their values did not reflect his own. Evans says it became very apparent when he ran for Mayor as a democrat a few years ago that he needed to change. He only alluded to the way he says he "was treated" by democrats who he believes were more concerned about "personal agendas" and he stated he didn't "want to be part of that anymore."

Evans says he believes he'll have more of a voice in Indiana politics as a republican. He says he believes Marion County will also eventually become a "red" county in traditionally Republican Indiana. Evans says he identified himself as a Republican during college. He says at the time, he pursued an internship with Republican Senator Dan Coats, but when that fell through, he wound up getting one with democrats. However, he says he's not a conservative Republican. Evans says he spoke with City County Council President Maggie Lewis who he says was "disappointed by" his decision. Evans says he's not sure what his next political move will be, but he wants to help Republicans broaden their base.

Meantime, Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb stated that Republicans need "more days like today" in their new efforts to reach out to more women and people of color. Marion County Republican Party Chairman Kyle Walker says Evans is "a new face" for the party and he looks forward to working with him.

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