It wasn’t just Republicans turning out to the caucus meetings last week in larger-than-usual numbers. Cache County Democratic Party Chairman Vince Wickwar says more than twice as many Democrats came to the caucus meetings on March 13. Cache Democrats hold their county convention on Saturday, March 24 and Wickwar says he hopes there will be enough room for those attending. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Wickwar said the convention starts at 9 a.m. at Logan High School’s Little Theater, 162 West 100 South in Logan. “That is open, obviously, to the county delegates but it is open to the general public as well,” Wickwar said. “If you want to see the candidates this is the time to do it. “We’re going to have either the candidates or the representatives for most of the state and national offices. In most cases we’ll have the candidates.” He says the doors will open at 8 a.m. so candidates and caucus leaders can set up their tables. Wickwar says he is proud of the local candidates running this year: Roger Donohoe for state lawmaker for Legislative District 3, Doug Thompson for Legislative District 4, Al Snyder for Legislative District 5 and Barry Franklin for Cache County Council in Logan District One. Wickwar said Saturday’s convention will be followed by the party’s central committee meeting and that is also open to the public. Republicans far outnumber Democrats in the state of Utah and also in Cache County but Wickwar said he’s optimistic that this will be a good year for his party. He said Democrats have some great candidates running for state and local offices. When asked just what the Democratic party offers he said you might want to start with the legislative session. “Last year, then this year, there were an awful lot of very extreme bills that were discussed, and some passed,” he claimed. “This has come from the right wing side of the Republican party. If you’re going to prevent that type of thing from happening you’ve got to have a two party system. “What we’re offering is a two party system so you have some real discussion and come to something that is reasonable for everybody.” Wickwar continued by saying that because the Republican party on a national level is fractured this year, Democrats are making a concerted effort to attract independents and middle-of-the-road Republicans.
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