INDIANAPOLIS – A City-County councillor is switching parties, reducing the Democrats’ edge in the council from 16-13 to 15-14.
On Tuesday, Councillor Jose Evans announced he would move to the Republican Party. Evans, 40, represents District 1. He was first elected in 2007 and won reelection in 2011 as a member of the Democratic Party.
“This is not a decision made in haste or without considerable thought,” Evans said at a morning news conference at City Market. “When looking around my district, our city, and this state, however, it is clear that Republican policies and Republican leadership are getting things done, and I want to be a part of a party that is focused on progress.”
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb, Marion County Republican Party Chairman Kyle Walker and council Minority Leader Michael McQuillen joined Evans for Tuesday’s announcement.
Evans grew up in Haughville. He attended Cathedral High School and the University of Indianapolis and earned his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
He lives in Pike Township with his wife and three children.
Marion County Democratic Party Chairman Joel Miller released a statement Tuesday morning regarding the switch.
“This morning, I learned from news reports that Jose Evans, councillor for the 1st district will be changing political parties,” Miller said. “While I wish Councillor Evans well in his future endeavors, as with any Republican, I certainly look forward to spirited political campaigns against him in the coming years.”