Monday, March 3, 2014

Jeff Rollins shifts from Republican to Democratic Party

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Jeff Rollins, seeking to be one of 15 member of the Pulaski County Quorum Court, which oversees county government, filed for election today as a Democrat, switching from the Republican Party. He issued a news release saying the GOP had become a party of "attacks" and he said Democrats "value common-sense problem solving."

His release:

Jeff Rollins, realtor and Sherwood businessman, announced his candidacy for Justice of the Peace District 12 for Pulaski County as a Democrat. Rollins served on the Quorum Court as a Republican for twelve years and was previously City Alderman in Sherwood. Rollins made the following statement about switching his party affiliation:

“I want to work together to get things done for the people of Pulaski County and that was impossible to do as a Republican. The Republican Party has become a party that attacks those that want to work with others and get things done and that’s just not me. Democrats in Arkansas have proven that they value common-sense problem-solving and I am happy to join them,” Rollins said. “I have the experience to work with others to solve problems for the people of our County and I’m excited to announce my candidacy today.”

Jeff Rollins is a realtor with McKimmey Associate Realtors and a small business-owner. Jeff has been actively involved in his community for over 30 years and has lived in District 12 his entire life. He served on the Quorum Court from 2000-2012 and on the Sherwood City Council from 1993-2000. He served as a board member of the Sherwood Economic Committee and the Arkansas Municpal League Advisory Council. In 1996, Jeff was voted Outstanding Young Arkansan by the Arkansas Jr. Chamber of Commerce.

Jeff is married to Tonia Rollins. They have three children.

CORRECTION: I erroneously posted originally that Rollins was a current member of the Quorum Court. He's a former member of the Quorum Court. He's running for District 12, currently held by Republican Karilyn Brown, who's running for state representative. A Republican, Jared McCoy, has also filed.

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