Cincinnati-area tea party members hold candidates forum

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19)  - We all know that before you can get the big job, you have to be grilled by your potential new boss. On Monday night, six candidates running for county and state officers had just that experience, with local tea party members providing their job interviews.

Dozens of Butler County residents packed Lakota Freshman Campus in Liberty Township for a lesson: to learn about six county and state candidates' plans.

"People have had enough of the taxes," said Fairfield Township Tax Party member Ed Pharo. "I've had enough of the politicians. I've had enough of the D's and the R's. They don't matter to me. One party did not get us into this situation. Both had a hand in it."

It's an idea that's become increasingly popular in Cincinnati suburbs. So much so, that members from four local tea parties: West Chester, Fairfield, Middletown, and Liberty Township came together to put local candidates on the record.

Organizers and visitors in the audience asked participants questions about everything from eminent domain to immigration.

The following candidates attended: Butler County Commissioner candidates Jose Alvarez, Cyndi Carpenter, Greg Joliette, Paul Nenni, Jesse Von Stein, and Butler County Auditor candidate Roger Reynolds.

On Thursday, Tea Partiers will host "Cincinnati Tax Day Tea Party" rally at the University of Cincinnati Fifth-Third Arena. Thousands are expected to attend. The rally will be preceded by a book signing and live show taping of FOX News host Sean Hannity's show. Hannity's book signing will be held between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. He'll then tape his show live at the event starting at 6 p.m.  That event will be followed by speeches from conservative leaders from Southwest Ohio and around the country.

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