Citizen of the Month

  • Beverly Elliott

    “Isn’t it time education is about the children?” This is the question posed by Beverly Elliott, vice president of TEA for Education, a group whose mission is to transform education by moving away from bloated bureaucracy and enacting true parental choice. A North Carolina native, Elliott grew up with a love for history and often […]

  • Dee Park: Moore TEA Citizens Chair

    Like many in the conservative grassroots movement, Dee Park’s desire to decrease the size of government and reign in excessive spending motivates her, despite keeping a busy schedule. A self-described “Constitutional conservative American,” Park, Chair of the Moore TEA Citizens group, spent many of her early years in Vermont where she read a great deal […]

  • Michael Munger: Libertarian Advocate and Teacher

    Eager to impact the way young people think about themselves and their place in society, Dr. Michael Munger chose the classroom and academia as the place in which he would leave his mark. Munger, Director of the Duke Philosophy, Politics and Economics program, gained experience through working as a staff economist at the Federal Trade […]

  • Matthew Ridenhour: Tea Party Leader and Concerned Citizen

    Frustrated with the 2009 bailouts and the direction in which the country was headed, Charlotte native Matthew Ridenhour decided it was time to get involved. Despite frequently writing letters and making calls to representatives, he felt there was much more to be done. “It seemed I was just one small voice,” Ridenhour said. It was […]

  • Lisa Marley: Outer Banks Blogger and Volunteer

    One thing Lisa Marley definitely does not have is time. In addition to her role as town crier, Tea Party leader and precinct chair, in her own words, she said she is also a wife, a care-taker of “not a few cats” and a full-time employee in a job that is “just plain fun.” “Everything […]

  • Cathy Heath: Advocate Against Forced Annexation

    Working the equivalent of a full-time job for the past eight years, Cathy Heath jumped on board with StopNCAnnexation in 2003 when she felt the arm of local government made its way too close to her house in Cary. The town of Cary, the year before, had been in a contentious battle with local residents […]