Boswell Switches to GOP

Lauderdale County's District 5 supervisor, Ray Boswell, announced Thursday his switch to the Republican Party.

In a written statement, Boswell said he has had overwhelming support and encouragement to do so. He said "his core values have always been more in line with the Republicans."

"I have been the most conservative member of the board of supervisors while serving as a Democrat," wrote Boswell. "I will continue as I have in the past to watch every penny spent by the county to ensure that it is spent wisely."

In his statement, Boswell said he'll continue to have job creation, low taxes, better roads and efficient operations as his goals.

But Boswell said, "in contrast to some Republicans, I will not be bought out by special interest groups or the wealthy. I will serve all the people."

Two other Republicans have already qualified to run for the District 5 seat, Kyle Rutledge and Peter A. Russell. One Democrat, Daniel Cook, has qualified so far. The qualifying deadline is Mar. 2.


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  • by Laughing Out Loud Location: is he serious??? on Feb 28, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    Still ROFLOL! Like your thinking Peabody. Glad to know there are choices & he's scared to death! My favorite quote: "Desperate people do desperate things." -Cole Younger (MN State Penitentiary)
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Feb 26, 2011 at 10:34 PM
    Core values? Ask him to explain the difference between the two parties and see what his answer is.Sounds like the act of a desperate man. Personally I don't think which party you belong to at the county level matters much. At this level most people vote for the person not the party.
  • by non-skilled rat on Feb 25, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    Touché anonymous Meridian Feb 25 11:36 am. Except for the fact that Boswell hasn't done much to improve LAUDERDAle County or District 5, for that matter. You know he cannot keep his mouth closed & when it's open, nothing comes out but horse puckey. He's against anything that will move this county forward. And as for as Boswell being DemocRAT or REPUBLICan, he's neither, he's Boswellicant. His major polital party is BOSWELL. He's like an ole mule rolling in the mud. When he gets up he's still a mule; just a muddy mule. Ever see a snake try to crawl back into it's molted skin? That's what Boswell is trying to do. Good luck to all the candidates who are running against him. Stay firm. Anyone but Boswell for D5.
  • by anonymous Location: Meridian on Feb 25, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    Overall as far as the skills of on the ground Supervisor work I would say that Mr. Boswell is well respected in his district and does a pretty good job. He gets things done. His biggest problem is that he is in a political arena and has no political skills to draw from. The days of the good ole boy is gone. If he really cares about Lauderdale County and District 5 then he should care about the image he is giving to those businesses and citizens who are interested in moving to our area. Mr. Boswell you can obtain the same results with your vote and you do not have to open your mouth and give a negative reflection to the public. And it would certainly keep down the public criticism you are receiving. I know you say you don't care what people think but Mr. Boswell there are approximately 78,000 more people in the county that do care. Just be a little more discrete. Believe it or not I actually like you Mr. Boswell.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2011 at 07:24 AM
    His "core values have always been more in line with the Republicans", and "I will not be bought out by special interest groups or the wealthy". Does this not shed light on common beliefs about Republicans? This is obviously some type of political strategy on Ray's part.
  • by Non-Supporter-also Location: District Five on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    I believe I read somewhere that "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig." How can you stand there and say that you are changing to Republican party but won't be like Republicans? We don't want you either.
  • by BatMan Location: Meridian on Feb 25, 2011 at 04:52 AM
    It takes an idiot to vote for an idiot.
  • by Rick McMillan Location: Hickory place off of Zero Rd. on Feb 24, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    If he cares so much about the people of the county and the roads. Then why does my neighbors have to park out at the end of our road. And walk to get to their homes? Why have I got a 5 foot deep ditch along with several other places in my yard from the water run off from the road? Why after 4 diffrent petitions to the county to fix this road. Do they come up lost? And he realy cares about the people of the county? I think not!!!!! And any one is more than welcome to come out and have a look for them selves at this road and the shape it is in.....
  • by Non-supporter Location: District 5 on Feb 24, 2011 at 07:23 PM
    It doesn't matter what party he's with, Mr. Boswell does not support District 5. We need more men of God in all of our politics!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    MY CORE VALUES?: Meridian will never move forward. Mark that down are read it in 20 years. It doesn't matter who is on the board. The "like it or leave it" crowd is responsible.
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