John Zastawnik new TEA Party president

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The Portage County TEA Party elected its new officers for 2014 and raised over $5,000 for its Political Action Committee at its annual fundraising dinner, which was held Friday at Maplewood Career Center.

John Zastawnik of Suffield Township was named president of the organization, replacing Amanda Suffecool, who served for two years.

Anne Kaczmarek of Aurora was named first vice president; Bob Longshore of Ravenna, second vice president; Nancy Grant of Edinburg, secretary; and Carl Crawford of Brimfield, treasurer.

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.

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