PCTEA PAC Announces State and Local
Endorsements for November Elections
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party PAC today announce its endorsement for state and local offices and local issues for the November Election. The PCTEA PAC is endorsing Mike DeWine for Attorney General, Josh Mandel for Treasurer of State, Dave Yost for Auditor of State, Sharon Kennedy for Ohio Supreme Court, Nick Skeriotis for Ohio House in the 75th District, Sarah Fowler for State School Board, Ron Tamburrino and Geoff Weaver for 11th District Court of Appeals, Becky Doherty for Court of Common Pleas, David Brode for Court of Common Pleas - Juvenile/Probate, Janet Esposito for Auditor. Videos of the local candidate in these races and some races in which we have not endorsed can be viewed by the public unedited at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com.
In regards to local ballot issue, the Portage County TEA Party PAC does not oppose any renewal levies at this time. The PCTEA PAC asks voters to please support only one additional tax levy which is the 2 year .5 mill Portage County Criminal Justices Services levy which is needed to increase space for women prisoners in the county jail which is a critical need. The PCTEA PAC asks voters to reject all other additional levies including the two Ravenna City School District additional levies, the Field School District Additional levy (not the Field renewal levy), the Portage County Library levy, the City of Ravenna Income Tax Increase, the Hiram Village Fire protection levy, Mantua Village Road and Bridge Construction, the Sugar Bush Knolls five year increased tax levy, the Windam Village Public Library and Parks and Recreation levies, and the Hiram Township Emergency Medical Services levy.
In making the announcement, Portage County PAC President, Tom Zawistowski said, “First of all, no citizen should ever vote for a permanent levy such as the Field SD Additional levy for a “continuing period of time.” That means forever and by voting for such a levy the tax payer gives up their right to control how much they pay to support those public entities in the future. Never give up your rights. Second, while some in the community criticize the TEA Party for exposing the ramifications to tax payers inherent in these levies, it is a fact that the efforts of the PCTEA have saved the 11,493 voters in the Field SD millions of dollars by defeating levies over the past 4 years that ultimately have proved to be unnecessary as we had argued all along. The same is true with Waterloo and other school districts in the County. This is a particularly important time not to support any additional school levies as many of the highest paid teachers in these districts will be retiring over the next few years, causing a dramatic drop in payroll expenses, that many of these districts are currently not factoring into their budget projections. The same is true with many municipalities. The reality is, if you vote for an additional levy today you may be giving them money you can’t afford, and that they will in fact not need, to fund their future operations. We also believe that all school districts should be audited by Dave Yost's office where they have found hundreds of millions of dollars in waste an irregularities in accounting.”
The Portage County TEA Party PAC is required by the State of Ohio in order for our members to be able to endorse candidates. It is legally separate from the Portage County TEA Party and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the members of the Portage County TEA Party. The PCTEA PAC is a state PAC and thus, by law, cannot endorse in Federal Elections. The Portage County TEA Party can itself endorse federal candidates under the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance. The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.