TALLAHASSEE— Leon County School Board member Alva Striplin said even though she recently changed her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat, nothing else has really changed.
Striplin was first elected in 2014 when she was a registered Republican. She defeated Forest VanCamp, who was also a registered Republican.
As she launches her re-election campaign to represent District 1, Striplin said she is still “very fiscally conservative” and her priorities are still limiting wasteful spending and increasing teacher pay.
“I decided to change parties after the presidential election,” she said “ I am not a Trump supporter. I think he is offensive to women, so when I needed to change my address recently, I just changed my party affiliation at the same time.”
She said her change in party had absolutely nothing to do with her opponent in the 2018 election, Richard Bell, and pointed out the board seat is non-partisan.
In her district, which runs east of Thomasville Road to I-10, to the county line and then downtown to roughly Duval Street, the number of registered Democrats outnumbers Republicans by about 49 percent to 34 percent, with those with no party affiliation making up the other 17 percent.
Striplin’s party change adds to the Democrats domination of local elected positions on the Board of Leon County Commissioners, the City Commission, and the School Board. Of the 17 elected positions, only one is a Republican -Bryan Delsoge of the Leon County Commission.
While Democrats make-up 94% of the elected officials, information from the Leon Count Supervisor of Elections shows that Democrats make up 52.7% of registered voters. Republicans come in at 27.8% and “Others” constitute 19.4% of the electorate.