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."
Welcome Kevin to party by signing the card.