Three current Dubois County office holders have announced they are changing their party affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Quinn, Dubois County Councilman Craig Greulich and Dubois County Assessor Angie Giesler announced their change in affiliation in a joint press release on Wednesday.
Quinn announced his decision to officially change his party affiliation was due to changes in the local Democratic Party’s stances on national issues.
“While I greatly appreciate the support I have been given by the local Democratic Party over the years, they have recently taken a more national political view that is not in line with my personal values,” he said. “I feel they have lost sight of what is and has been traditionally important to the people of Dubois County. As a prosecutor, support for law enforcement is important to me, as is holding criminals accountable who harm our communities. We have seen a national trend among democrats to defund police and remove personal responsibility and accountability. Those are things I can’t stand for and a big reason for my party switch today.”
Quinn is appreciative of the support given by members of the community in electing him to serve as prosecutor.
“I often hear when making their choice on who to support, people vote for the person, not the party,” he said. “I appreciate and share that view, however, after self-reflection, I found my personal political ideals most closely align with the Dubois County Republicans and could no longer serve under the democrat banner.”
“I have gotten to know Anthony Quinn quite well both personally and professionally during his time as prosecutor. He is a solid conservative across the board. I am pleased to have Anthony join the Republican party. I know he will continue to serve the county very well,” said State Senator Mark Messmer (R).
Quinn is expected to make an announcement about his future plans in the coming days.
Dubois County Councilman Craig Greulich, who will be seeking a third term in 2022 announced he is switching his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican as well. “My values have never changed because I am focused on Dubois County first, and that will continue,” he said.
“Those values and beliefs have always been traditional and fall within the conservative side of the political spectrum,” Greulich added. “I am certain that those beliefs have not changed for me and after giving much thought to this I find that I align most with the Republican Party.”
Dubois County Assessor Giesler said that she has been evaluating her position as a Democrat and her personal values.
“In the last few months, I’ve felt the need to reevaluate what my political beliefs are, and I find that I fall more on the conservative side than where the Democratic party is today,” Giesler said. “After talking with some Republican leaders, I have decided to make a change and file for re-election for Dubois County Assessor as a Republican.”