Jefferson County may be turning far more conservative than has historically been the case.

A highly placed Republican source has now confirmed exclusively to 12News HD that Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson will switch to the Republican party Friday.

Chesson will join JP Brad Burnett and Jefferson County Commissioner Brent Weaver in affiliating with the GOP.

Congressman Randy Weber and state Republican party chairman Steve Munisteri will have more news to release Friday at a Pompano Club gathering at 1 p.m..