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New Grassroots Organization Forms in Palm Beach County to Give Citizens a Voice


June 21, 2011 – Jupiter, Florida – A number of local activists have recently come together, establishing the Palm Beach County Tea Party, Inc. This newly formed organization will be an affiliate of the nationally-recognized Tea Party Patriots.

The mission of the Palm Beach County Tea Party is to attract, educate, organize and mobilize fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with the organization’s three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets.

Utilizing a team approach to activism, the Palm Beach County Tea Party plans to provide new avenues of communication, oversight, education and training that will enable members to both be more effective as citizen advocates and better equipped to influence public policy at the county, state and federal levels. The Palm Beach County Tea Party will focus its efforts locally but will also coordinate and cooperate with other like-minded groups throughout Florida and the nation.

The Palm Beach County Tea Party will not be endorsing candidates. Instead, the organization will provide forums for candidates from all major parties to speak directly to attendees and explain their positions on key issues. The Palm Beach County Tea Party will not take positions on social issues, and does not seek to become a third political party. They believe it best to work within the framework of the two existing majority parties, helping to make improvements to both the parties themselves and the quality of candidates they offer to voters on Election Day.

The Co-founder and Coordinator of the Palm Beach County Tea Party, Pamela Wohlschlegel of Jupiter, explained that the organization plans to have monthly meetings in different parts of the county at which a variety of speakers will address issues of interest to the group’s members. “I invite people to attend these meetings, regardless of political party affiliation or independent status if they support the core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets,” Wohlschlegel states. “We want to give people the tools they need to be informed and to be more effective in getting their voices heard by all levels of government.”

Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder & National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, a national organization that consists of more than 800 groups around the country, praised the formation of this new group and its leadership team. Martin noted “We are pleased to see this new group come together and welcome their experience and enthusiasm for working with other grassroots groups based in Florida and nationally. They are committed to improving the level of political discourse by providing education and training to people who live in Palm Beach County regarding their core principles of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets.”

Another national organization, FreedomWorks, based in Washington, D.C., joined in offering congratulations to the founders of the new group. Tom Gaitens, Florida State Director for Freedom Works commented, “We are thrilled to have another grassroots group join our fight for a new era of freedom, opportunity, limited government and prosperity. The Palm Beach County Tea Party will be a strong addition to the array of existing grassroots groups in Florida.”

Interested citizens are encouraged to visit http://www.palmbeachcountyteaparty.org, which provides information about meeting dates, other activities and events, links, information about other grassroots organizations, current news, blogs and educational information on current issues. In addition, the Palm Beach County Tea Party can be contacted via Facebook at Palm Beach County Facebook , on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pbctp or by calling (561) 444-8086. There is no cost for membership in the Palm Beach County Tea Party.

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