GOP Kokomo City Councilman Kevin Summers Switches Parties, Cites Bold Democratic Policies, openness as reasons.

Kokomo City Council member at Large Kevin Summers announced today that he is leaving the Republican Party and joining the Democratic Party. Councilman Summers is a former Kokomo School Board member and has twice been elected as an At-Large City Council member. 

"I have always worked to put the community first," said Summers. "I take my oath as a public servant very seriously, and it is because of that principle that I must switch to the Democratic Party."

"I value openness, dialogue, and a focus on solutions to continue Kokomo's growth. The Kokomo City Council has worked with Mayor Goodnight to revive our City. We have experienced new growth, a declining unemployment rate, record levels of new investment, and a growing population. I am proud of my record of standing with this administration and my fellow councilmembers to help make these things happen. 

The Democratic Party has been very welcoming. The Democratic Party, and its elected officials, encourage debate and discussion and  do not operate under the "my way or the highway approach" of the local Republican Party. In the end, the Howard County Republican Party's constant nastiness, name calling,and negativity became too much. I am proud of Kokomo. I want Kokomo and Howard County to continue to grow and succeed. That's why I'm joining the Democratic Party, because they share those same values and goals. Though this decision may politically hurt me with some of my former colleagues, it the right thing to do. We are pursuing sound policies, and partisan differences shouldn't get in the way of progress."

"We welcome Councilman Summers with open arms," said David Tharp, Chairman of the Howard County Democratic Party. "Kevin is a consummate public servant, and this decision reflects his dedication to Kokomo and Howard County. Councilman Summers shares our values, our goals, and our passion for strong, yet civil, public debate. I'm proud to call him a Democrat."

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  • Joanna Bailey
    signed 2015-10-17 19:23:53 -0400
  • Lauren Newton
    signed 2015-10-17 18:12:48 -0400
  • Alicia Sherrell
    signed 2015-10-17 17:57:17 -0400
  • Traci Lappi
    signed 2015-10-17 15:15:38 -0400
  • Brenda Edmonds
    signed 2015-10-17 13:58:32 -0400
  • Bob Marley
    signed 2015-10-16 15:31:19 -0400
    Welcome to our party —the democrat party…..BOB MARLEY……Taylor township board member.
  • David Tocco
    signed 2015-10-16 11:12:43 -0400
  • Mimi Ford
    signed 2015-10-16 09:37:19 -0400
  • trena moberly
    signed 2015-10-16 09:28:36 -0400
  • David A Ford Sr
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-16 09:00:55 -0400
    Sign the petition:
  • David A Ford Sr
    signed 2015-10-16 09:00:34 -0400
    Kevin is a very fine man and we are very proud of Kevin for his decision to joining the democratic party.
  • Jana Graham
    signed 2015-10-16 08:33:06 -0400
  • lee mason
    signed 2015-10-16 01:31:07 -0400
  • Casey Marcotte
    signed 2015-10-15 22:13:58 -0400
    Welcome to the real world where hateful less isn’t the norm!
  • Gary Beatty
    signed 2015-10-15 20:55:39 -0400

    Huntington County

    Democratic Party
  • Heather Carter
    signed 2015-10-15 19:40:03 -0400
    Welcome to the good guys team Kevin!
  • Rodney McGovern
    signed 2015-10-15 19:18:02 -0400
    Welcome Kevin, great reasons to switch party.
  • Teresa Dowler
    signed 2015-10-15 18:21:08 -0400
  • Ruth Cavazos
    signed 2015-10-15 17:53:27 -0400
    Way to go Kevin!!
  • mike imbler
    signed 2015-10-15 16:27:35 -0400
    Your doing a great job

    Go Dems
  • Michael Rankert
    signed 2015-10-15 14:36:43 -0400
  • Adriane Jagger
    signed 2015-10-15 14:29:08 -0400
  • Christine Moroski
    signed 2015-10-15 14:10:35 -0400
  • Tim Middlekauff
    signed 2015-10-15 12:42:41 -0400
    Welcome. Glad to have you aboard.
  • Gareth Lamirand
    signed 2015-10-15 11:41:57 -0400
  • April Thatcher
    signed 2015-10-15 11:28:04 -0400
  • Ken Ferries
    signed 2015-10-15 11:16:59 -0400
    Welcome aboard Kevin! Glad to have you!!
  • Shane Goodnight
    signed 2015-10-15 10:06:28 -0400
  • Joshua Harber
    signed 2015-10-15 10:05:38 -0400
    Please support Bernie Sanders 2016
  • Paula Adair
    signed 2015-10-15 09:28:34 -0400
    Yeah Kevin. I always knew you were a Dem.

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