It seems reports of the death of the Wilson County Tea Party were premature with word Tuesday from state Sen. Mae Beavers who said the group is reorganizing.
"The WCTP is not disbanding but is reorganizing under new leadership of Menda Holmes, with assistance from her husband, Howard," Beavers said in an email sent to The Democrat by a Tea Party member. "This transition has the full endorsement of Sherry Orange, the organization's former chairman, who will work with the new leadership to ensure a smooth transition occurs."
"We're just reorganizing," said Menda Holmes.
Holmes said Wednesday the Wilson County Tea Party was just about being a run-of-the-mill conservative organization.
"We're a pro-Constitution party," she said. "We just want to talk to people and hear everybody's point of view about the issues."
With the Wilson County Tea Party about to be rebooted, Holmes said the group is getting back to it's roots.
"We're just getting started reorganizing," she said. "We want to look at the political landscape. We want to gather the best folks."
In her email, Beavers said the party has already set goals for the organization with objectives of being a proactive organization that promotes the election of conservative candidates with good character, providing public awareness of legislative actions on issues important to conservatives at the local, state and federal levels of government and continuing education on constitutional principles of self-governance.
Beavers said the Wilson County Tea Party will next meet in late February with the date, time and guest speaker posted at wilsoncountyteaparty.com after the group's website is reconstructed in the next few weeks.
Holmes hopes erroneous reports the Wilson County Tea Party was dead will bring out the people who always meant to join but never did.
"We welcome everybody," she said. "We want to make this about Wilson County."
Anyone seeking additional information may contact Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.