The Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP) held its annual election for leadership at its March 24 meeting.
Mike Basile was elected as President. He has been an active volunteer with the JATP for several years, speaks frequently at public hearings, and was first elected to the Executive Board in 2013.
Mr. Basile succeeds Carole Thorpe, who was elected last March as President for the 2013-2014 term. She chose to not run for re-election.
Mrs. Thorpe previously served two terms as President during 2010-2012, when the organization was governed by non-elected volunteers before establishing a voting membership.
In addition to stepping down as President, Mrs. Thorpe has also stepped down as Spokesperson and Media Relations Director. Mrs. Thorpe served in both positions continuously since 2010. Until further notice, Mr. Basile will assume those duties.
In addition to the election of Mr. Basile, the JATP voting membership cast votes for Terry Cooper and David Kardell to retain their current seats on the Executive Board, and for Jim Moore and Roger Schweikert to be seated for the first time.
Patricia Napoleon (one term, 2013-2014) and Steven Peters (four terms, 2010-2014) did not seek re-election to the Executive Board. The JATP expresses gratitude to Mrs. Napoleon, Mr. Peters, and Mrs. Thorpe for their service.