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Published July 13, 2010, 03:25 PM

Conservative rally in Wahpeton the first of its kind

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - The Tea Party movement is gaining hundreds supporters south of the Metro. More than 100-supporters showed up to Wahpeton's Chahinkapa Park tonight trying to drum up support for change in a conservative direction. It's the first of its kind in Wahpeton.

Jay Stillwell has been a busy man. Since April First every week he has met with fellow Tea Partiers to come to this day.

Jay Stillwell: "National politics in particular keeps getting more liberal and more progressive, and more freedoms are going."

Stillwell is among the many organizers that helped bring the first ever Tea Party rally to Wahpeton and he says speaking up and starting these small conservative movements will help them be heard over the loud Republican and Democratic voices.

Jay Stillwell: "As long as we stay in front of the people, well be just fine."

John Quinn came out to show his support, saying Washington has gone to far left adding the Tea Party movement he joined is a peaceful one trying to bring America back to its roots.

John Quinn: "This is just like a football game. It is just spiritual. Everybody here is looking down the same way, they look at the flag the same way, and they have the same basic core beliefs."

This grassroots movement is among the national Tea Party patriot group and they know staying in the fore front won’t be easy. Organizers at the rally tonight sold T-shirts and flags to raise money for the non-profit Tea Party group. They hope to have candidates on the ballot for local and national elections this November.