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Shannon to speak at Tea Party event

The Blair County Tea Party will host Robert Shannon, an Altoona native who has been at the leading edge of the tea party movement in central Virginia since 2009, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St.

Shannon will share his experiences and give advice about increasing the effectiveness of tea party groups at the local level.

Shannon first formed the King William County Tea Party in August 2009, then formed the Mechanicsville Tea Party in March 2010. He was one of the founders of the original state organization in 2009 and served on that organization’s executive committee in 2010. He is currently chairman of the King William County Tea Party.

Shannon will talk about some of his groups’ successes, including helping to knock out Eric Cantor from the House of Representa­tives in 2012 and successfully ousting 3 of the 4 county supervisors they targeted in 2015. He adds that King William County has lowered real estate taxes four consecutive years in response to their pressure.

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