Asheville Tea Party backs candidates in GOP July 17 primary run-off

Five candidates in the Republican primary run-off on July 17th have been endorsed by the Asheville Tea Party Political Action Committee (ATPAC).

The candidates and offices are: Mark Meadows for NC 11 Congressional seat; Dan Forest for Lieutenant Governor; Ed Goodwin for Secretary of State; Mike Causey for Insurance Commissioner; and John Tedesco for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The candidates were vetted by ATPAC and other western North Carolina affiliate groups of iCaucus, ATPAC chairwoman Jane Bilello explained. “These candidates have clearly demonstrated that they embrace our Constitutionally conservative principles of individual rights, fiscal responsibility, limited governments and free markets,” she said.

Early voting for the primary run-off starts Thursday, June 28th at each county’s Board of Elections office. On July 17th, Primary Run-Off Day, all voting precincts will be open.

Voters can check for locations at

iCaucus is a national, non-partisan, citizen-led organization. It empowers citizens to fully participate in the election process by fairly and completely vetting candidates before the primary and then holding them accountable once elected. “That way,” Bilello said, “voters get to vote for Constitutionally Conservative candidates who have been fully vetted by an independent organization and who have committed to adherence to Constitutional authority. Voters no longer have to rely on the political parties who have given us the same compromised encumbents who have put us on this road to insolvency. This is citizens taking our government back. ”

In addition to ATPAC, the North Carolina affiliates of iCaucus are: Asheville Tea PAC (Buncombe), The Blue Ridge Tea Party Patriots (Henderson, Polk, Transylvania), Cabarrus County Conservatives (Cabarrus) , Caldwell Tea Party (Caldwell), CAUTION (Common Americans United To Inspire Our Nation) (Charlotte), Cherokee 9.12 (Cherokee), FTTF (Feet To The Fire) (Wake), Haywood 9.12 (Haywood) , Polk 9.12 (Polk) , Randolph Tea Party (Randolph), Rowan Tea Party (Rowan), Sons of Liberty Riders (Buncombe, Henderson and a national organization), Stand Up North Carolina (Iredell) , The Tea Party of Greater Gaston County (Gaston) and growing!

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