Three former Crawford County Democratic elected officials changed their political affiliations during a ceremony Tuesday evening.

Three former Crawford County Democratic elected officials changed their political affiliations during a ceremony Tuesday evening.


During the county’s Republican Committee meeting Tuesday, Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb welcomed three Democrat county officials to the Republican Party.


Former Democrat officials announcing their intent to file as Republicans include County Clerk Teresa Armer, Circuit Clerk Sharon Blount-Baker and Coroner Pam Wells. Wells has been the county’s coroner since 2004, while Blount-Baker has served in her role since 2006 and Armer in hers since 2008.


Webb said in a news release that the move comes "In the wake of a highly successful 2014 campaign cycle for the state GOP."


"It is a great time to be a Republican in Arkansas," Webb said. "We are excited to welcome these outstanding public servants to become a part of the new majority party. This continuance of momentum from the past election cycle is indicative of the future of the party."


In the Nov. 4 general election, Republicans gained the majority in both chambers of Congress for the first time in nearly a decade, and gained an increased majority in the state legislature.


"… Anytime you get a chance to see Republicans taking office, or, in this case, Democrats becoming Republicans, it’s a celebration," Crawford County Republican Chairman Mark Schaffer said in the release. "Crawford County, like the rest of the state of Arkansas, continues to move in the Republican direction, and we are excited for 2016."