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Portage County Tea Party leader Tom Zawistowski is running for chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
Thomas Zawistowski, his wife Nanette and daughter Sarah in a 2008 file photo. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
In this 2012 file photo, a giant empty chair sits in front of the Portage County Tea Party headquarters on State route 43 to protest President Barack Obama visit to Kent State University M.A.C. Center. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Portage County Tea Party member Bob Longshore of Kent carries a couple of chairs as he joins other Tea party member in setting up a empty chairs along State Route 43 to protest President Barack Obama's visit to Kent State University in September 2012. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Tea Party supporters listen to the presentation during the Tea Party rally at Cascade Plaza in 2010. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)