Apr 122004
 
Authors: Jamie Way

Caucuses provide grassroots methods for people to be involved in

political parties.

The neighborhood caucuses are held to discuss candidates and

choose delegates to attend higher assemblies.

According to Precinct Vice-Chairman for the Larimer County

Republican Party Dan Betts, to be eligible to be a delegate someone

must be a registered voter for the party and have resided in the

precinct for at least 30 days.

“The caucuses really are the foundation for grassroots democracy

in Colorado,” Betts said.

Over recent years, some say the turnout for caucuses has

decreased, but the Larimer County Republicans’ turnout has

increased, Betts said.

“Each time we’ve had a caucus, more and more people have come,”

Betts said.

This year the race for U.S. Senate may have captured the most

attention in the Republican community.

“Probably the most interesting thing is the Senate race between

Bob Schaffer and Peter Coors,” Betts said.

For the Democrats, the focus may be on a higher office.

“I think for a lot of people the presidential race is what’s

driving them to come to the caucuses, because they see that

something needs to change and they want to be part of it,” said

Betsy Markey, chairperson for the Larimer Democratic Party.

She said it is important for people to participate in caucuses

in order to become involved with their local political party and to

have a small influence on the national platform.

“The caucuses are a grassroots way for people in their political

party to get together,” Markey said.

Colorado Democrats and Republicans alike will be holding their

caucuses, open to the public, at 7 p.m. today.

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