Republicans sweep Democrats out of all local offices in Marshall, DeKalb counties

Republicans sweep Democrats out of all local offices in Marshall, DeKalb counties

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Tuesday’s election was more than just a sweep for Republicans at the statehouse.

Local offices in Marshall County and DeKalb County removed all local Democrats still in office.

Republican Party officials say 10 years ago they hardly had anyone in office.

Now, that shoe is on the other foot.

Republican Party officials in Marshall county say the tide began turning when in 2010 Wes Long was able to defeat longtime incumbent state representative Jeff McLaughlin.

At the same time in Jackson and DeKalb counties Shad McGill was able to knock off state senator Lowell Barron.

Since that time Democrats in Sand Mountain have been changing parties or getting defeated.

Tuesday night in DeKalb County a county commissioner and circuit clerk were defeated.

The probate judge and coroner in Marshall county are retiring and both of those positions will be filled in January with Republicans. It’s something many local party leaders never imagined.

“No, no I wouldn’t have. It’s really amazing and it’s really great to be a part of that. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve seen the people who have changed parties and who have changed their opinion and they really came on the same way as we did, just a little later,” said Marshall County Republican Party Club President Don Milligan.

Election officials say the only remaining Democrat office holders still left are in Jackson county, a circuit judge and a county school board member.

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