GOP caucuses scheduled for Feb. 7 |

GOP caucuses scheduled for Feb. 7

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Colorado Republicans will gather in less than a month for caucuses to pick a candidate for president of the United States.

The party caucuses are set for Feb. 7 around the state, and party members will vote in a presidential preference poll as well as elect delegates to the county assembly and conduct other party business.

Although the national Republican Party has seen considerable excitement so far in the 2012 election year, at least one local political activist does not expect Colorado to attract the kind of attention that focused on Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

“We’re a caucus state, we’re not a primary state, noted Garfield County Republican Party vice-chair Dave Merritt. “I don’t think we’re going to get any real high-profile visits here” from the candidates.

The caucuses originally were scheduled for March 6, the same date as the Democratic Party caucuses, so the Republicans are gathering earlier than is typical, Merritt continued.

“We moved it up to try and be more relevant to the process,” he noted, but added that now the state faces the possibility of picking a candidate that does not get much farther in the pre-convention race.

In Garfield County, according to party chairman Ron Roesener, there will be five caucus locations, in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Battlement Mesa.

Party members are to show up at 6:30 p.m. at each location to sign in, and the meetings themselves will begin at 7 p.m.

Party members from precincts 1-4 will meet at the Roaring Fork High School lunch room in Carbondale, 2270 Highway 133. Additional information is available from Jon Warnick at 618-4145.

In Glenwood Springs, the caucus for precincts 9-12 will be held at the Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road. For more information, call Dave Merritt at 379-7064.

The New Castle caucus, for precincts 13-18, is to be at the Coal Ridge High School auditorium, 35947 Highway 6 between New Castle and Silt. Information is available from Shirley Starr, 618-4422.

In Rifle, the caucus for precincts 19-23 will be at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Event Hall, 1001 Railroad Ave. For more, call Janet Samson at 366-2953.

The Parachute/Battlement Mesa caucus, for precincts 24-27, will be at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center, 398 Arroyo Drive. Contact Lynn Shore, 250-1030.

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