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Page, Beard switch parties County judge, JP now Republicans
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TRINITY – In a surprise announcement during Saturday’s Patriotic Rally in Trinity, two local judges shifted their allegiances to the Republican Party. Trinity County Judge Doug Page and Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Bernie Beard announced they were joining the GOP. Both men were elected to their current four-year terms of office in 2010 after being nominated by the Democratic Party. They will be up for re-election in 2014. Saturday’s Patriotic Rally was hosted by the Trinity County Republican Party and featured Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri as the keynote speaker. Trinity County Republican Chairman Carl Dyer noted with Page’s announcement, three of the five members of the Trinity County Commissioners Court now carry the Republican banner. Pct. 2 Commissioner Rich Chamberlin of Trinity became the first Republican elected as a county commissioner in 2010 and Pct. 1 Commissioner Grover “Tiger” Worsham of Groveton switched parties last year. Worsham is seeking re-election in the Nov. 6 general election after winning the Republican nomination during the primary election earlier this year. He is being challenged in that race by the Democratic Party nominee, Tom McCrory. Pct. 3 Commissioner Cecil Webb and Pct. 4 Commissioner Jimmy Brown are the remaining Democrats on the commissioners court. In addition to Worsham, Page and Beard, Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party last year. Wallace won the GOP nomination early this year to challenge incumbent Democrat Ralph Montemayor in the Nov. 6 sheriff’s election. By switching parties, Page goes into the history books as the first Republican to hold the county’s highest administrative position in recent memory – probably the first since the Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. Dyer said both Page and Beard indicated they decided to switch because their personal values are more in tune with the conservative nature of the national Republican Party.