Jefferson Area Tea Party
The Jefferson Area Tea Party was founded in 2009, as an organization of individuals who seek a reduced role for government at all levels in the United States. Taxed Enough Already (TEA) is the primary message of the Tea Party.
|An article on Wikipedia has information about the Tea Party movement in areas beyond Albemarle County's borders.|
In March, the group plans to begin sending volunteers to monitor Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. The Jefferson Area Tea Party is a color blind organization dedicated to the ideals promulgated by Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Tea Party Principles and Goals
- Limited Government
- Constitutional Governance
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Lower Taxes
- Free Enterprise
- Reduce the National Debt
- Repeal and Replace Government-Run Health Care
- American Sovereignty and Exceptionalism
- The Rule of Law
- Personal Liberty with Personal Responsibility
- March 17, 2011: Forum on local sustainability issues. 
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The Jefferson Area Tea Party has been critical of City Council and City Manager Maurice Jones for the way they have handled Occupy Charlottesville. Their leaders have claimed city government has shown favoritism by allowing the group to stay in the Lee Park overnight. 
George Allen endorsement controversy
Leaders of the Jefferson Area Tea Party expressed opposition to U.S. Senate candidate George Allen's press release "Virginia Tea Party Patriots Endorse George Allen for U.S. Senate." Firstly, they said this implied the endorsement of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots federation, which JATP is a part of, and has not endorsed the candidate. Also, two JATP members were incorrectly listed as endorsing Allen, with their affiliation with the Jefferson Area Tea Party listed below their names. The two JATP members have been removed from the list, but the Allen campaign has not issued any apologies.
The Jefferson Area Tea Party has a "firm policy" of not endorsing any candidates as an organization.
- Web. Area tea party shifts focus to local government, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, January 18, 2011, retrieved January 18, 2011.
- Web. Mike Basile elected as President, others elected to the Executive Board, Jefferson Area Tea Party, April 14, 2014, retrieved April 11, 2014.
- Web. Tea Party hosting forum to review local sustainability initiatives, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 17, 2011, retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Web. Political favoritism pre-occupies council, Carole Thorpe, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 21, 2011, retrieved November 21, 2011.
- Web. JATP calls on George Allen campaign for retraction and apology for false claim of endorsement, Jefferson Area Tea Party, retrieved December 6, 2011.