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Tea Party sets first meeting
Event Thursday at Brannon-Heard
Tea Party
Members of the Forsyth County Tea Party attend a rally in Atlanta on April 15. - photo by Submitted
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The Forsyth County Tea Party’s first public meeting is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Brannon-Heard House, 111 Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming. The event is free. For more information, visit
They’re for limited government and upholding the Constitution.

They’ve been called everything from patriots to protesters, but now they can also be called neighbors.

The Forsyth County Tea Party is introducing itself to the community with an inaugural meeting Thursday at the Brannon-Heard House in downtown Cumming.

Club founder Steven Voshall said he was inspired to bring the group to Forsyth after a September trip to Washington, D.C.

“They were all your normal, everyday Americans that you’d see at a shopping center, see at church and see at a senior group meeting,” he said of the people he met.

“I’ve never been politically active at all. I do financial planning and investments and I just know that you cannot spend this way and not ruin household income. If you do it on a countrywide basis, it’s going to spell lots and lots of problems.”

Voshall said the group isn’t designed to be a third political party, rather an organization designed to educate the community.

The first meeting will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and feature guest speaker Joel Aaron from Americans for Prosperity.

District 9 congressional hopefuls are also scheduled to speak for a few minutes from 7 to 8 p.m., and will have tables set up for a question-and-answer session from 8 to 9 p.m.

“We’re new at this, but I really hope to be able to have some good meetings and bring in some good guest speakers to keep the momentum going on a monthly basis, at least through the November elections,” Voshall said.

“The silent majority has finally, I think, started to wake up and realize that if you don’t voice yourself and let your congressman know how you think, then you’re going to get run over by the others, or by the vocal minority.”