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Rain shifts, but cant dampen tax rally
Frank Carroll picks up an American flag from Aneta Bean during the Forsyth County Tea Party Patriot Alliance tax day rally Monday night at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by Crystal Ledford

CUMMING — Members of the Forsyth County Tea Party Patriot Alliance gathered at the Cumming Fairgrounds covered arena Monday night for a Tax Day rally.

Originally scheduled or the steps of the Forsyth County Courthouse in nearby downtown Cumming, the rally shifted locations Monday afternoon due to rain.

Trilby Leech, co-chairwoman of the event, said weather may have contributed to lower turnout than the group had anticipated.

“We were hoping for a lot more than this, but we’re still excited to be here,” she said, of the about 50 people who came out.

While taxes are typically due April 15, organizers said a tax rally Monday wouldn’t conflict with other similar area events being held Tuesday.

The rally Monday featured several speakers, including Congressman Tom Price, who gave the keynote address.

Also addressing the crowd were Georgia gubernatorial hopeful David Pennington, U.S. Senate candidate Derrick Grayson, Tom Knox, who is running for the District 26 state House seat and Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald.

Brad Wilkins, chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party, served as emcee for the evening, introducing each speaker, all of whom are Republicans.

Boy Scout Troop 3740 and the Lads of Lanier, a barbershop quartet, also participated. The Scouts presented the colors, while the singers performed several patriotic songs.

Leech said the event was all about raising awareness of the ever-mounting national debt.

“This is to let the government know that you can’t spend $17 trillion-plus,” she said. “Each child is now born with $50,000 worth of debt … and each taxpayer has $151,000 of that debt.

“Sorry, but no, we can’t do that. We’ve got to stop electing the same people over and over and over. They’re part of the problem.”