Participation higher than usual at Cache County’s Democratic caucus

Some Utahns may be surprised to learn that Democrats do exist in Cache County, and Tuesday night, in higher than usual numbers at the Democratic caucuses. At the Fourth Legislative District, which met at Logan High School, about 120 people attended the caucus to elect county delegates who will then attend the county convention to elect state delegates – the voting body that will elect candidates for various offices up for reelection in November. The County Convention is March 24, and the State Convention will be April 21. County delegates have other responsibilities such as hosting the next caucus meeting and serving a two-year term. “This is about twice as many people we had attend last year,” said Vince Wickwar, Cache County Chair for the Democratic Party. “But we really need people to be involved from volunteer efforts to be candidates so we can really have a two-party system in Utah.” Volunteers are needed for everything from sign assemblers and distributors to poll workers. To be a poll worker, or election judge, requires a couple of training sessions, but the county will compensate workers about $125. The Election Day will start at 7 a.m. for poll workers and go as long as it takes to count ballots. Democratic candidates generally take about 30 percent of the votes in Cache County, Wickwar said, and sometimes as much as 40 percent. “We are nowhere near having 30 percent registered Democrats in the county, but we just put a name out in the election, and we get that many votes,” Wickwar said. “That tells me there are more Democrats in the county who are not registered with the party.” Up for reelection this year is the governor’s seat, currently Republican Gov. Gary Herbert. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate is retired general

<a href=”http://www.cookeforgovernor.com/”>Peter Cooke</a>

. Running against incumbent Republican Orrin Hatch for a U.S. Senate seat is Democratic candidate is

<a href=”http://peteashdown.org/”>Pete Ashdown</a>

. There is also one seat in Congress up for grabs – that of Republican Rob Bishop. Democrats will have to choose between two candidates at the State Convention –

<a href=”http://combeforcongress.com/”>Ryan Combe</a>

and

<a href=”http://dmcaleer.com/”>Donna McAleer</a>

. Currently, there are no Democrats representing Cache County, but in November, several legislative district seats – State Representatives – in the county will be available. For district 4, a Democratic candidate has filed, and district 5 is also expecting one to file. However, one is still needed for district 3.

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See Cache County’s districts

<a href=”http://www.cachecounty.org/docs/elections/maps/CountyWide/County%20Precincts%2024%20x%2036%202012.pdf”>here</a>

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“We are trying to have a noticeable position in the state legislature this time around,” Wickwar said. “The turnout is somewhat surprising because in Utah with the strong one-party system, a lot of people who would participate as a Democrat just say, ‘What’s the point?'” Wickwar said there needs to be more balance in the Utah political system so that issues often looked at by Democrats that are affecting Cache Valley can be addressed, like environmental issues such as the notorious inversion. “On issues like air pollution, we need people in office who believe global warming is a real issue,” Wickwar said. For more information, visit the Cache County Democrats

<a href=”http://cachedemocrats.blogspot.com”>website.</a>

– storee.cvd@gmail.com

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