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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville councilman has decided he no longer wants to be a Democrat, and is switching to the Republican party.

Jonathan Weaver, who was first elected to the city council in 2011, says this is something he’s been thinking about for a long time.

“I’m not going to be doing this forever, and I want to go out as a Republican,” Weaver told WEHT.

He added that he will remain focused on the future projects of the city, and that he wants to run again once he finishes his third term in 2023.

In response, Edie Hardcastle, Chair of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party, says she is “relieved” that Weaver is no longer associated with his party.

“He has used his last year in office to attack his fellow Democrats, call for his colleagues’ professional positions, publicly support language to tear down our party, and manipulate information to create a narrative that flew in the face of the facts,” Hardcastle said in a Facebook post.