Carol Caudill, an active Republican and former Portsmouth City councilperson, said local candidates for office were scheduled to speak, including Terry Johnson, candidate for state representative, and Jon Hustead, candidate for Ohio Secretary of State.
Tim Graham of Stout said the TEA Party was scheduled to coincide with the march on Washington, D.C., that also took place Saturday.
“It’s a gathering of people who want to get together and get their voices heard and listen to each other and their ideas on what we should be doing and what direction we should be going,” Graham said.
Graham said there were about 300 at the first tea party held April 15. Many people, he said, had contacted him to help organize another.
“People wanted to have it because of the one in Washington,” he said. “They’re getting together and showing their support for the movement.”
With so many other events taking place this weekend, Graham wasn’t sure how many to expect. Later, Caudill said about 120 were on hand for the event.
According to the Associated Press, tens of thousands of protesters fed up with government spending marched to the U.S. Capitol Saturday.
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