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Tea Parties Gaining Momentum in Lee County Area

Last Friday, the Paige Community Center was Paige’s first Tea Party, organized by Mikki Meyer of Paige with over 85 people present. Sandy and Willard Rother played music before the meeting; Brandon Wolf of Mc Dade led the Pledge of Allegiance and Willard Rother introduced the speakers.

The speakers included Ken Chance on Constitutional Rights and Sam Johnson, who is with the Burleson County Tea Party. Johnson talked on Precinct Conventions. He said we could do more than just vote by getting involved in other phases of the voting process.

The final speaker was Nancy Robbin, who represented the Debra Media for Governor campaign. Lucas Sheffield a representative for Michael McCaul was also present.

The Saturday before, The Lee County Tea Party organized a “Meet the Candidates” forum held in the Community Room of Citizens National Bank in Giddings. This was a non-partisan endeavor to provide every candidate a hands-on opportunity to engage the voting public. Present at that meeting were Judge Paul Fischer, Lee County Judge; Steven Knobloch, running for Lee County Commissioner Pct 4; Charles “Charlie” Mayer, running for Lee County JP Pct.2; Hilary Kieschnick, running for Lee County County Treasurer; and Rick Reat, running for Lee County JP, Pct.3.

Also present were Dixie Lindblade representing the Medina campaign; Felix Alvarado, also running for Governor; Ben Bius running for State Senator; and Lucas Shefield, representing Congressman Michael McCaul.

The Lee County forum lasted over 2 hours and some of the topics discussed were healthcare, public education concerns, county budgeting challenges, 2nd Amendment, property taxes, and local government transparency.

Lee County Tea Party representative Preacher Joe Paluch said, “The most positive part of [that] evening was that everyone had a chance to bring up their ‘hot button’ concerns. This unrehearsed townhall meeting was rubber meets the road politics. I loved it!”

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