SUNBURY — Northumberland County Commissioner Kymberley Best is now a Republican, switching parties after years of being a registered Democrat.
Best said she became “frustrated” with local leadership in the Democratic Party, but has never been consistent with one party affiliation. Best said she also registered as an Independent in the past.
“After a lengthy period of reflection, I have registered as a member of the Republican Party,” Best said in a statement.
“My values, core beliefs and approach to governance have always been conservative. This is no surprise to family, friends and citizens who know me and my voting record. I am guided by common sense and fiscal responsibility rather than party affiliation.”
Best said she formed great working relationships with both parties.
“I have formed wonderful working relationships with representatives of both parties at the federal, state and local levels. I become increasingly frustrated that some Democrats in local leadership have criticized me for speaking the truth, following my conscience, and working cooperatively with officials of both parties. I will no longer be put in such a box.”
Best said case law allows her to switch parties, making the county board of commissioners now three Republicans.
“Since 1963, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that commissioners have a fundamental, constitutional right to choose their party affiliation,” Best said. “There is no change in who I am, my values, and how I make decisions. I will continue to serve in the interest of all citizens of Northumberland County.”
Best recently announced she was running for the open county judge seat left after President Judge Charles Saylor announced his retirement earlier this year.
The only other judge candidate to announce so far is Sunbury District Judge Mike Toomey.