Republicans elect assembly delegates
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Coffee, laughter and casual talk about the issues marked Garfield County’s Republican caucuses on Tuesday.
The neighborhood meetings are a place for people to meet, talk about the candidates and share ideas and concerns with each other.
At the Glenwood Springs Precinct 12 Republican caucus, held at Gregg and Marilee Rippy’s home near Mitchell Creek, the first order of business was electing a precinct chairperson.
Annie Jolley was nominated and she accepted. A show of hands solidified her new position.
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In all, 10 people participated in the caucus. They sat in a rough circle on couches, a piano bench and fold-out chairs.
Next, letters from Republican candidates were passed around the room.
Then it was time for the main order of business, choosing six delegates to represent the precinct at the Garfield County Assembly on April 24.
“I think this is a really important election from all standpoints,” said Sandi Vallario, who was elected as an alternate delegate to the assembly.
After precinct election judges were picked, campaign literature was passed around from candidates running in different races, including that of 3rd District Congressman candidate Gregg Rippy, who wasn’t able to attend the caucus.
“Why anyone would want any of these jobs is beyond me,” Marilee Rippy joked.
No decisions were made at the caucuses. Rather, there was mostly just discussion on races, candidates and about the scheduling of the county, state and national assemblies.
“We really won’t know until the county assembly when the delegates vote,” Republican Party Chairman Jim Larson said Wednesday.
In Carbondale, four Republican precincts ” Nos. 1-4 ” gathered at the Days Inn hotel.
“It was mostly just electing people for the county assembly,” outgoing Precinct 1 Chairwoman Sharon Brenner said. “Compared to the caucus of two years ago, there were twice as many people.”
She attributed the increase in participation to having a local U.S. Congress candidate ” Gregg Rippy ” and the other important races happening this election season.
Like the other precincts, no solid choices were made.
“That’s pretty much going to be left up to the delegates at the county assembly,” she said.
The Garfield County Republican Assembly is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Delegates should arrive at 9 a.m. to get credentials.
Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511
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