The Chairwoman of the Tallapoosa County Republican Party, Denise Bates, announced today that Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett has joined the Alabama Republican Party. Sheriff Abbett was officially inducted into the Tallapoosa County Republican Executive Committee at the Party's regular monthly meeting held at Elmer's Restaurant on January 24th.
"I've known Sheriff Abbett for many years, and I believe that he is a true conservative and sincere in his convictions," stated Bates. "We certainly welcome him into our Republican family, as I know he will stand for the conservative, Alabama values that we hold dear. He joins a great team of Tallapoosa Republicans that now includes a majority of the County Commission, Probate Judge, two members of the Tallapoosa County School Board and Coroner.
Jimmy has served the citizens of Tallapoosa County as Sheriff for 18 years with integrity and distinction. He is married to the former Linda Davis of Jacksons Gap and they have 2 children and 2 grandsons. Jimmy is a member and ordained deacon of the First Baptist Church of Dadeville. He has been very active in Civic affairs and has served on the Board of Directors for numerous civic groups.
Bill Armistead, Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, remarked that since the Republicans swept into the office in November of 2010, dozens of office-holders have come to the same realization that the Democrat Party has left them. And, they are still coming as evidenced by Sheriff Abbett's announcement.
"Alabama values are no longer represented by the Democrat Party here in Alabama or in Washington. We continue to welcome conservative Democrats who share our conservative philosophy to join the Alabama Republican Party. The 2014 election is rapidly approaching and we plan to run a full slate of candidates for positions up and down the ballot and in counties where we elected Republicans for the first time last year. Our candidate recruitment effort is yielding great results."
"Even the Alabama Democratic Party has abandoned their conservative roots in order to fall in line with the liberal platform touted by the National Democratic Party. Once again, I offer my invitation to all conservatives to come join the only true conservative party in Alabama, the Alabama Republican Party," concluded Armistead.