First Time In 50 Years GOP Controls Christian County Board
Tuesday, Dec. 6 was the first day in more than 50 years a Republican acted as the Christian County Board Chairman.
Democratic Christian County Board member Paul Schmitz says there's a reason Democrats held the board for 50 years, but the people that kept them in power have left.
"A lot of the people who worked in the coal mines in the early days were Democrats, and now you find that changing because the jobs weren't there. And I think a lot of people think maybe the Republican Party can do something to create those jobs."
Timothy Carlson, the new board chairman, says national politics seeped into local races.
"I call it the Trump train that rode through Christian County."
The head of the Christian County Republicans says Democrats no longer represent the working class.
"Donald Trump symbolized the lid blowing off, where people finally had enough of attacks against coal mining jobs for example, and just hardworking blue collar people that the Democratic Party has left behind," said Seth McMillan, Christian County Republican Party chairman.
Carlson says he doesn't expect sweeping changes, but Republican control could lead to smaller local government.
"There are things and meetings, and stuff we pay dues to like this that could probably be eliminated and that stuff because every little bit helps."
Former board chairmen Schmitz says he doesn't think democrats are in huge trouble.
He thinks Donald Trump said what people wanted to hear after 8 years of a Democrat in the White House.
"After so many years, people are just tired of it, and they say we want somebody different, and that's what it amounts to as far as I'm concerned."