- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A longtime prosecutor in southeast Alabama says he’s leaving the Democratic Party to become a Republican.

District Attorney Doug Valeska has won five terms as a Democrat in Houston and Henry counties, but he says he’s now jumping to the GOP.

The 62-year-old Valeska last won a six-year term in 2010, and he says he will seek re-election in 2016 as a Republican.

Valeska says the Democratic Party was much more conservative when he won his first term in 1986, and the GOP now fits his beliefs more closely.

The prosecutor describes himself as being against abortion and for the death penalty.

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