POSTED: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 3:38pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 2:55am
JACKSONVILLE — A longtime East Texas Democrat is switching sides.
State Representative Chuck Hopson says President Obama does not reflect his views so he is leaving the Democratic party.
Hopson, a Jacksonville native, says he will be running as a Republican in 2010.
The pharmacist in Cherokee County has represented Cherokee, Houston, Panola and Rusk counties for eight years.
Representative Merritt released a statement on Chairman Chuck Hopson's party switch:
"Chairman Hopson has always represented the conservative values of his district with integrity and distinction. As a life long Republican I am truly honored to have him join our party".