One of your favorite events that only happens every two years will occur on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. – the Precinct Caucus. All of your friends and relatives across Colorado will have the same opportunity because it is state law: We have to do it on March 16, and I phone in results 9:30 p.m. The press waits for your votes.
As registered Democrats, you have distinguished yourselves in several ways, two of which are: (1) you are not a Republican, the not-based-on-reality party, which has made clear that it no longer is interested in governing our nation, and (2) you are not an Unaffiliated, an appellation reserved for those who have removed themselves from a chance to participate in the political process, becoming mere “dependents” until they get to vote in November.
At the these caucuses,we will vote for our preferences in the U.S. Senate race, elect delegates to the County Assembly, elect co-chairs for each precinct and recommend resolutions for the party platform. The U.S. Senate race is contested; former Speaker of the Colorado House Andrew Romanoff is challenging incumbent Senator Michael Bennet. Keith Meinert will run for re-election for County Commissioner, as will Jeanne Casolari for County Treasurer.
Where is the location? If you attended a precinct caucus in 2008, go to the same place. All will be on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. Precinct 1 (east of 550 Main St. in Ouray) will meet at the Ouray School ; Precinct 2 (west of 550 Main St) will meet at the Ouray School; Precinct 3 (Pleasant Valley, south end of Log Hill Mesa) and Precinct 4 (north end of Loghill Mesa and Colona) meet at the Ridgway Community Center; and Precinct 5 (Ridgway, east of 550) will meet at the Cimarron Books and Coffeehouse.
If you have any questions, you can call me at 970/626-5568.
– John Hollrah