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Tuesday, 4 June 2002
National Convention Set as Party Grows
Boulder, CO At its June 1, 2002 National Committee
meeting, the newly formed America First Party reviewed its astounding success
during the first 45 days of its existence and set the stage for its continued
The National Committee voted overwhelmingly to hold its founding
convention at the Renaissance Orlando-Airport Hotel August 8-11 in Orlando, FL.
On hearing the news, Renaissance Area Manager Curtis Dean said, "We are honored
to have the opportunity to host the first America First Party National
Convention. Our associates enthusiastically extend their hospitality." Roger
Simmermaker, chairman of the recently disaffiliated Reform Party of Florida,
agreed, adding, "We look forward to hosting the convention and note that the
America First Party is staying true to its principles in selecting an American
State party growth continued as the national party headquarters was
flooded with requests for additional information. At the June 1 meeting, a new
affiliate was recognized in Texas. In joining the America First Party, the
chairman of the America First Party of Texas, George Pangborn, said, "The time
has come to take the government away from the corrupt forces and restore it to
its founding principles. The other Parties will never get it done."
Texas was one of the initial nine states to leave the Reform Party on
April 15, 2002. Since then an additional three states have disaffiliated from
the Reform Party-Florida, Michigan, and Ohio, and the Reform Parties of Alaska
and Wyoming have dissolved. "We expect a good number of additional states to
come on line before the National Convention," Mr. Charles added.
While much of the initial growth has come from the disintegration of
the Reform Party, the next phase will focus on building new State Parties and
candidate recruitment. Organizing committees are forming in more than a dozen
states, including Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and
Maryland. In keeping with this goal, elected to co-Chair the Party Building
Committee was J. D. Jones and Gene Lovell. Tennessee State House candidate
James Edwards was elected to chair the Candidates Committee. Ballot drives have
begun in many of the states the party does not yet have ballot access.
Mr. Charles added, "The response we have received over the past few
weeks for our party has exceeded all expectations. The number of Americans
committed to our principles, which emphasize protecting our sovereignty and
borders, restoring our economic independence, revitalizing our Constitution, cleaning up our corrupted political system,
and promoting traditional values while putting America and all Americans First,
have overwhelmed our volunteers. Now that we are catching up, we are pleased to
announce that we are making it even easier for folks to contact us, with the
opening of our new toll-free number 1-866-SOS-USA1. Our website has also
provided many leads from the 75,000 hits it has received in the past 5 weeks.
We are proud that the Friends of Liberty named the site design and content an
Editor's Choice. We are also proud that the Federal Election Commission has
seen fit to recognize us just 2 weeks after our formation."
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