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Gregory A. Summers/The Lancaster News
From right, Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond talks with his aunt, Nancy Hammond, and County Coroner Karla Deese on Thursday at the historic courthouse. Hammond, a longtime Democrat, announced that he is switching polticial parties and will run as a Republican in 2020.
Jeff Hammond switches to GOP

After serving as Lancaster County’s Democratic clerk of court for 18 years, Jeff Hammond revealed Thursday that he was joining the GOP.
“Today, I am announcing that I will seek re-election in 2020 as a member of the Republican Party,” the 60-year-old Lancaster native told an applauding, standing-room-only crowd in the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.
County GOP Chair Sandy McGarry, who had publicly targeted Hammond for defeat in 2020, cheered his decision and pledged her party’s commitment to keeping him in office.

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