According to Jim Butler of the Mason County T.E.A. group, 10 members are expected to attend the rally, barring any weather conflicts. Butler described the event as an opportunity for the public to let the legislatures know that they care about the issues at stake and what decisions are being made.
“I think the overall point of this rally is to make the point to our legislatures that we are watching and paying more attention to what is going on this year,” he said.
In addition, following the rally, Butler said that he has plans to meet with some of the delegates to discuss the U.S. 35 tolling issue, which has been a hot topic of debate and controversy for the past several months in Mason County.
Aside from taking place on the first day of the Legislative Session, the rally will feature several guest speakers, including former West Virginia Senator Republican Candidate, John Raese. Other speakers include Delegate Jonathan Miller, Delegate Eric Householder and Aaron Kidd, chairman of the West Virginia Federation of College Republicans.
According to Butler, the Mason County T.E.A. group started a little over a year ago, and typically has between 20-30 people in attendance at meetings. However, the attendance has gone up significantly when various local issues, including the tolling of U.S. 35, has been discussed. The T.E.A. group is not affiliated with any political party.
For more information on the upcoming rally or the Mason County T.E.A. group, call Butler at 304-675-3984. Additional information regarding the rally is available on the Web site, www.WeThePeopleRallyWV.com.