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Taylor Pardue
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Surry County will be well represented Saturday, Mar. 16 when the North Carolina Tea Party holds its statewide conference.

The Surry chapter will be sending 15 members to the meeting, where the North Carolina TEA Coalition expects approximately 250 attendees. The conference will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Pin Station Conference Center in Newton, NC. The center is part of the Hickory Metro Area.

The conference is titled “Turning Up the Heat on the TEA Party,” focusing on redefining what the Tea Party’s message is in the upcoming 2014 elections and into the future.

Kevin Shinault, Surry Tea Party president and one of the founders of the North Carolina TEA Coalition, said the gathering had several issues to discuss, including the Second Amendment, sealing the border, and healthcare. The conference is seeking to restate what the party’s position is on key issues, as well as diversifying the demographics of the organization. Efforts will be made to spread the Tea Party message in a way that does not alienate possible supporters.

“The TEA Party message appeals to people of all color, economic backgrounds and ages with a ‘Common Sense’ message”, said Shinault. “It is just as important ‘How’ we say things as it is ‘What’ we are saying.”

The conference will feature a keynote speaker and four other speakers.

Dr. C.L. Gray, author and creator of the documentary film “The Determinators,” will give the keynote address.

Dr. Glenn Pinckney, Sr. will speak on interacting in more effective ways to various demographics.

Dr. Dan Eichenbaum is slated to speak on the effects of “Sustainable Development” to local counties across North Carolina.

Jane Bilello will discuss the ways her local Tea Party group has defended the Second Amendment.

Jay DeLancy will speak on Voter Integrity Laws. Shinault said he would talk about the need for preventing voter fraud that the party felt was rampant in the 2012 election.

Shinault said the Surry branch of the Tea Party formed three years ago in order to educate the public about limited government, lower taxes, and the free market. He said the party taught and promoted Judao/Christian beliefs and their role in the foundation of the United States.

The event is open to the public and free of charge, but seating is limited. NC TEA Coalition urges those interested to visit their website at www.ncTEAcoalition.com to reserve tickets.

To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.

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