Democrats to caucus on March 6 in five locations |

Democrats to caucus on March 6 in five locations

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Colorado Democrats will be meeting on the evening of Tuesday, March 6, for statewide caucuses. They will elect delegates to the Garfield County Assembly and discuss their support for the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Of immediate interest, however, will be the announcement of Democratic candidates to challenge two Republican incumbents on the Garfield Board of County Commissioners, four-term Commissioner John Martin and first-term Commissioner Mike Samson.

On Friday, Rifle resident Aleks Briedis announced his intent to run for the District 3 seat.

Garfield County Democrats Chair Jack Real declined to name other candidates.

He said the caucuses of the 2012 election cycle will be very different from the 2008 election cycle, when Obama was elected following a heated primary race.

“I think it will be much more calm, cool and collected, and focused on re-electing the best president we’ve had in recent memory,” Real predicted.

The March 6 date also is known as Super Tuesday, a day of national electoral activity when Republican primaries will be held in seven states, along with caucuses in three other states.

Democrats this year will not be choosing a candidate for president, since there is no primary race, but other races will be on the agenda, including the Third Congressional District seat, presently held by U.S. Rep Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.

As scheduled, the Democrats will be meeting in five places, and all meetings are to run from 7-9:30 p.m.

• Carbondale, precincts 1-4, Carbondale Middle School, 180 Snowmass Drive

• Glenwood Springs, precincts 5-12, Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave.

• New Castle and Silt, precincts 13-18, Coal Ridge High School, 35947 Highway 6 between New Castle and Silt.

• Rifle, precincts 19-23, Rifle High School, 1350 Prefontaine Ave.

• Parachute, precincts 24-27, Grand Valley High School, 800 Cardinal Way.

Real said the caucuses will include presentations on a variety of platform issues such as marijuana laws to reform of the nation’s health care system.

In addition, he said, representatives of candidates for statewide and national office will be on hand to drum up support for their candidates.

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