Harris Defends Political Choices

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Meridian city councilman John Harris responded to a letter that questioned his political position. Harris has been a politician since 2005, and has switched parties three times.

"It seems as though every time John Harris name is attached to something, it seems like a red target is there," said Harris. "I am a Democrat and I was elected by my peers and that's the democratic process. I don't think it's necessarily the switch that's important. I think it's more important as how you feel you can represent the people."

Harris ran as an Independent, then switched to Republican and is now a Democrat and he says the flip-flopping was all for a reason.

"I can also tell you this. I ran as an independent, because at the beginning I felt there was a need to help the people. And I saw that there were issues on both of sides. That's why I said I was a conservative Democrat," Harris said.

But Harris says it shouldn't be about what party you are affiliated with or how many times you switch. But the focus should be on how you can positively impact the community. And so far, he says he's been doing that as a Democrat.

Harris says the letter also accused him of campaigning for Republican Lauderdale County supervisor Wayman Newell. But Harris disputes that.

"That's a part of the lie that's been put out there," said Harris. "That's not true."

Harris says he feels this attack will not hinder his political career. He says he's focusing on the positive as he continues to serve the people of Meridian.

"Regardless to all the negativity that goes around, just be careful what you listen to and realize that I'm here to do a job and I will continue to do my job," said Harris.

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