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August 7, 2013

Two Jefferson County Democrats rumored to switch parties

Erinn Callahan
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Jefferson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Brent Weaver and Jefferson County Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett will make a special announcement at a press conference at 1 p.m. Friday at the Pompano Club, 330 Twin City Hwy, Port Neches.

Channel 12 has reported that, according to “a prominent Jefferson County political source,” Weaver and Burnett, both Democrats, will announce their affiliation with the Republican Party — something that neither official would comment on.

“Comm. Weaver and I agreed that we’re going to do it at the same time,” Burnett said via telephone. However, he did confirm that a press conference would indeed take place.

Weaver also confirmed the press conference, but declined comment on the party shift.

“I’m not confirming or denying anything right now,” he said.

Weaver, elected as a Democrat in 2010, will be up for re-election in 2014. Burnett is currently in his third term as Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace.

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