EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A change is coming to the Evansville City Council.
At-large member Jonathan Weaver says he has decided to switch political parties from Democratic to Republican.
Councilman Weaver sat down with 14 News reporter Evan Gorman on Friday afternoon to talk about the transition.
Weaver is one of the council’s three at-large members and was elected to this third term in 2019.
This is not the only elected position he has held. He was voted to Vanderburgh County Assessor for one term in 2006.
“I think the voters see through all the crap behind the scenes and my record speaks for itself,” Weaver stated.
Weaver, a local realtor, says he has been thinking about this decision for a year. After careful consideration, he is making the change. Weaver shared with 14 News that he wants to go out of office as Republican. Although, it is unclear when that will be.
Weaver was elected to the body in 2011.
He will now join Republicans Ron Beane and Justin Elpers.
“I’ve never been a party person,” Weaver added. “The chairperson has never strong-armed me into doing something this way or that way. I’m proud of that.”
In a statement issued on Friday, the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party says it welcomes this announcement, alleging Weaver used his last year in office to attack his fellow Democrats.
You can read the full statement below:
Earlier this summer, Weaver called for City Council President Alex Burton to step down from the position over a social media post.
“We’ve been very, very fortunate having individuals such as Ron Beane who has been great for our council people to work with across the aisle,” Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Vice Chair Nick Iaccarino expressed.
“We welcome those opportunities. I honestly think it will happen a lot more of the next couple of years and I think the process will become a lot more simplified when we don’t have griping from our own side.”
The remaining six members of the City Council are Democrats, including Missy Mosby. She said on the phone Friday that she has no similar plans to switch parties.
Weaver joins other area office holders who have switched parties, including Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.