Marts, of Winchester, along with other local political activists, held a series of town hall-style meetings in the lead up to elections that were attended by many candidates.
Marts said that the Northern Shenandoah Valley TEA Party (NSV-TP), based in Clarke & Frederick Counties, was unanimously voted into the membership of the Virginia TEA Party Patriots (VTPP) this past weekend. The VTPP is a statewide TEA party federation of local, non-partisan patriot groups established to advance and strengthen the Founding principles and God-given rights predicated in the U.S. and Virginia Constitution.
The Federation held a leadership conference in Richmond to elect new Officers, review the results of the Virginia elections and examine the role of TEA Party members in the conservative outcome. Additionally VTPP provided training and education to TEA party leaders in preparation for the upcoming General Assembly session and the 2012 elections. The Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, was among the list of esteemed speakers at the three day event. There were over 200 participants from all across the Commonwealth, representing up to 50 different patriot groups according to Marts.
The mission of the Federation is to encourage and facilitate citizen participation in the political process and empower all citizens with a voice and influence in demanding Constitutional governance. VTPP will help local, independent TEA party/patriot groups grow in numbers and influence and nurture communication and collaboration among Virginia TEA party and patriot groups.
The Shenandoah Valley TEA Party’s next meeting will be held at the Frederick County Public Safety Building in Winchester, Virginia on Wednesday December 7, 2011 at 6:30pm. Bruce Gouldey Ph.D., Associate Professor Economics/Finance School of Business Shenandoah University will discuss the economic outlook.