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December 10, 2013

Henderson County TEA party forming

Athens — A public meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 16 primarily for the purpose of forming an active TEA Party/Grassroots group in Henderson County.

It will be held at Rock Hill Baptist Church located on Highway 31 between Brownsboro and Chandler starting at 7 p.m.

The surrounding counties of Smith, Van Zandt and Kaufman have such groups which have been very active in effectively influencing the direction of politics from the local to the national level, organizer Dr. Dwayne Collins said.

“It has been the TEA Parties of East Texas that were responsible for the defeat of entrenched incumbents and the election of conservative state representatives such as David Simpson of district 7 and Travis Clardy of district 11,” Collins said. “Of course the most renown victory that the Texas TEA Party movement has had was the election of US Senator Ted Cruz. The influence the movement has had on the local level have been too numerous to mention.”

This meeting on Monday is the third TEA Party/Grassroots meeting held this month in the area.

On the Dec. 6 the groups held a meeting at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler honoring US Representative Louie Gohmert and US Senator Ted Cruz as “Champions of Freedom”.

That event drew a crowd of over 600.

The following evening, Dec 7, there was a pastor’s conference and public forum on religion and politics held at Living for the Brand Cowboy Church in Athens.

The main speaker at that event was the father of Senator Ted Cruz, Pastor Rafael Cruz.

From that meeting there were many Henderson County citizens who expressed interest in forming a Henderson County TEA Party/Grassroots group by pledging to attend the Dec. 16 meeting.

“Thanks go out to Rock Hill Baptist Church for the use of their facilities,” Collins said.

For information, call Dr. Dwayne Collins at 903-852-7018.

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