YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A long-time member of the local Democratic Party announced Thursday that he is switching parties.
David Engler made the announcement Thursday night during a Republican gathering in Beaver Township. Engler said he has always been more of a conservative in not wanting to raise taxes. He added that demographics are changing in that Republican candidates are getting more votes in what was once a Democratic stronghold.
Engler said he believes in the two-party system and feels electing more local Republicans in the statehouse would benefit the Valley.
“Columbus is controlled,” he said. “Why would we want to send people to Columbus who cannot get anything done because they are so far in the minority party.”
Engler has been involved with politics for more than 25 years. He served as a Mahoning County Commissioner and a member of Youngstown City Council.