State Rep. Jeff Wardlaw, of Hermitage, released a statement Thursday saying he will represent his constituents of District 8 as a Republican effective immediately.

“With much thought and consideration, I’ve decided to join the Republican Party of Arkansas,” Wardlaw said in a news release dated November 9. “Over the last few years my constituency has gradually changed and I have found the issues that are important to them, which I share, such as protecting our 2nd Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, traditional marriage and a strong military are more in line with the Republican Party. It’s my responsibility to represent my constituents to the best of my ability and I believe this move will allow me to do just that.”