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Election starts tomorrow

Dear Editor:Tuesday is Caucus Day in Colorado and the official start of the campaign season for party-affiliated voters. The word “caucus” is defined as “a meeting of the local members of a political party especially to select delegates to a convention or register preferences for candidates running for office.” And that is exactly what will take place throughout Colorado and here in Eagle County next Tuesday evening.On the local level, the caucus process allows voters to get to know the candidates and discuss the issues of interest to their community and their party. People come together by precinct and delegates are selected to attend the county assemblies which take place in April. At the assemblies, the precinct delegates are charged with selecting those candidates whose names will appear on the August primary ballot and ultimately their party’s candidates for the November general election.The caucus and the county assemblies are truly the “grass-roots” processes of party politics. If you want to have a voice in choosing who will represent your political party in county government, then you should make every effort to attend these gatherings. There are some restrictions as to who is allowed to serve as a delegate based on length of party affiliation, so if you have questions you can contact the parties through their websites at http://www.eagledems.org and http://www.eaglecountyrepublicans.org. You can also visit the clerk and recorder’s website at http://www.eaglecounty.us for a list of caucus locations and times.I hope that you will participate in the election process by attending a party caucus on March 21. This is a great way to get involved and to have a voice in the future of our county and our country.Sara FisherDemocratic candidate for Eagle County commissionerGypsum

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