POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 5:32pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 6:03pm
TYLER - " No one else was doing anything, it was as though there was an apathy among the people."
Dr. Mike Daniels, pastor of Landmark Baptist Church in Tyler is the new face of a group hoping to discourage folks considering signing petitions to get alcohol on the ballot.
"Buy Local First", is the group supporting a movement for beer and wine sales within Tyler and parts of Smith County.
"So basically what the committee wanted to do was give the citizens of Tyler and JP 2 the choice. Wanted to give them the right to vote and our whole mission is just simply to get it on the ballot," said Bob Westbrook, a spokesman for the group.
Now, there's a new group in town, they're called "Standing Strong for Tyler."
"The people that's pushing the sale of alcohol the Brookshires people, the Walmart, groups that they really want it, they're not looking for the best interest of Tyler they're looking out for the best interest of their pocketbooks," Daniels tells KETK.
There plan is simple, to not only stop alcohol sales, but also keep it off the November ballot.
"The main goal is to stop period anyway we can do it."
But members of "Buy Local First" appear to have a big head start. We're told the group had to raise 6,700 signatures for JP 2 and 7800 in the city of Tyler.
They have to be turned in by June 25th,and they say they've already received all the signatures they need.
Westbrook tells KETK, "We knew going into this that there would be certain faith-based groups that virtually by their doctrine they're going to be against any alcohol issue period. I do want to remind everybody that alcohol is a legal product and it's legal all across the country."