-By Warner Todd Huston
On Friday night, August 30, during its 7th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit, held this year in Universal Orlando theme park in Orlando, Florida, Americans for Prosperity honored Robert and Tempie Lyons for the hard work of defeating a tax hike in the downstate community of O’Fallon, Illinois, a community just east of St. Louis.
The Lyonses, members of both the Metro East Pachyderm Club, a state Republican organization, and Americans for Prosperity, worked against a property tax hike that would have added several hundred dollars per year to every home in the community.
The pair hosted numerous phone banks in their home and spent weeks calling residents to warn them about the tax hike proposal, urging them to vote against it.
When Election Day arrived, the tax hike went down to defeat by 65 percent.
For their work, the Lyonses were awarded AFP’s “Activists of the Year” award.
AFP-Illinois Director David From at the Podium Lauding the work of Robert and Tempie Lyons
Speaking of their efforts, AFP Illinois Director David From remarked that when the couple was told how outstanding their work was, they both replied that it was just want any good citizen should do. They just wanted to get the job done, From said of the Lyonses.
“That effort was successful because of the Lyons’, and AFP is successful because of activists like them!” We’d like to take a moment to thank not only the Lyons’, but all our activists for their efforts on behalf of economic freedom,” from said on stage.
From the left, David From, Tempie Lyons, Robert Lyons
The Lyonses and their award